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June 12, 2013 at 7:17 PM

23-year-old killed in collision while turning into her driveway near Arlington

Update, 10:15 p.m. | A 23-year-old woman was killed in a three-car collision while trying to turn into her driveway near Arlington on Wednesday evening, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Brittany N. Shaffer was waiting in her blue Geo Metro to turn off Highway 530 when a white Ford Explorer struck her from behind at about 6:15 p.m., Trooper Mark Francis said. That pushed the Metro into the opposite lane,  where a black tow truck slammed into it.

Shaffer was pronounced dead at the scene. The Explorer’s driver, 30-year-old Carlos Valdes-Arriaga, was transported to nearby Cascade Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The tow truck driver was not hurt.

Troopers investigated for hours, closing down Highway 530 at the scene, near 103rd Avenue North and just east of Arlington. They set up a detour via Arlington Heights Road and Arnot Road/115th Avenue Northeast.

There was no indication that Valdes-Arriaga was impaired by blood or alcohol. Prosecutors will decide whether to file charges, Francis said.

Original post, 7:17 p.m. | A woman died Wednesday evening in a highway collision between a car and a tow truck east of Arlington, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The vehicles collided at around 6:15 p.m. on Highway 530, near 103rd Avenue North, Trooper Mark Francis said.

Francis said he did not know whether the woman was in the car or the tow truck. Officials expected to be investigating for at least two hours, he said.

The road will be completely blocked during the investigation, Francis said. Traffic is being detoured at Jordan River Road.

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