UPDATE: 5:55 a.m. Tuesday | All lanes of Highway 2 were opened shortly after 3 a.m. today, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
UPDATE: 10:45 p.m. | The driver killed in a four-car pileup that shut down Highway 2 on Monday night was a 55-year-old Skykomish man who led two Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputies on a chase after being pulled over for investigation of driving under the influence, Everett police spokesman Aaron Snell said.
Authorities had received earlier calls for a DUI driver in the area when they pulled over the man, who sped off eastbound, Snell said. Around Milepost 34, the man veered into the westbound lane, where the vehicle glanced off a white pickup and came back into the eastbound lanes and hit the two deputies’ cars, Snell said. Both the deputies and the driver of the pickup, an 86-year-old Edmonds man, were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Snell said.
ORIGINAL POST | A four-car crash on Highway 2 near Index in Snohomish County killed one driver and left another injured Monday evening, Snohomish County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said. It was the second fatal crash on Highway 2 in a couple days.
Just before 7 p.m. today, two Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputies were eastbound following a weaving vehicle they suspected of DUI when the driver crossed into incoming traffic, Ireton said. Details on the crash were limited, but the deputies’ cars were also involved, she said.
The injured driver is being treated at the scene, Ireton said, but the extent of the injuries isn’t known.
All lanes of Highway 2 are closed, and traffic are being detoured at Reiter Road, according to a news release from the state Department of Transportation. Drivers should consider an alternate route or expect long delays as it may take up to 6 hours to reopen, the release said.
On Saturday, a 22-year-old Federal Way man died and his pregnant passenger was critically injured in a collision with an oncoming truck after crossing over the median, the State Patrol said.