Nissan Altima crushed by semi, WA cops say. Driver survives


A semi came to a stop crushing a Nissan Altima that was struck from behind and folded in half, Washington State Patrol said.

Washington State Patrol

A car was hit from behind and folded in half — then a semi crushed it, Washington police said.

The driver survived with only minor injuries, Washington State Patrol public information officer Rocky Oliphant said.

“There’s really not a word to describe this collision. Miraculously believed to be minor injuries,” Oliphant said on Twitter. “In my 14 year career, I have never seen anything like it.”

The Nissan Altima was on the I-5 Skagit River Bridge in Mount Vernon on Tuesday, Nov. 16, when it was struck from behind, Oliphant said. The semi-truck came to a stop on top of the car, crushing it underneath.

The person was stuck in the crushed car because traffic on the bridge was causing the semi-truck to move, Oliphant said.

“Both NB and SB lanes were closed due to the collision being on the bridge and a person still in the vehicle that was resting under a semi truck,” Oliphant said. “Traffic was causing the bridge to move and the semi was unstable.”

A tow lifted the front end of the semi-truck off the car, allowing the bridge to reopen to traffic, Oliphant said.

Oliphant told KOMO News the semi-truck driver was fined $189 after getting cited for “following too closely.”

Maddie Capron is a McClatchy Real-Time News Reporter focused on the outdoors and wildlife in the western U.S. She graduated from Ohio University and previously worked at CNN, the Idaho Statesman and Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism.

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