Man’s car stops just short of 75-foot drop after accident on I-90

Photo by Trooper John Bryant

A driver suffered a hand injury this morning after his vehicle struck the back of a semi trailer on Interstate 90 and spun off the roadway just west of the Vantage Bridge.

But it could have been much worse. After the vehicle left the roadway it came to rest on the edge of a 75-foot drop, said Trooper John Bryant of the Washington State Patrol.

It’s unclear what caused the 46-year-old Bellingham man to hit the semi, Bryant said.

There are three westbound lanes in that area and the weather was dry and sunny.

“He may have fallen asleep or been distracted in some other way,” Bryant said.

The semi driver, who was hauling milk, reported seeing the Subaru coming up behind him about 7:30 a.m. at a high rate of speed. He attempted to drive to the shoulder to avoid the approaching vehicle but was struck anyway, Bryant said.

The unidentified Subaru driver was transported to the hospital in Ellensburg for his hand injury.

Unless there was some underlying medical condition that caused him to hit the semi, he likely faces second-degree negligent driving charge, Bryant said.