UPDATE, 10:21 p.m. | Four soldiers have been examined and released, according to Lt. Col. Joe Sowers, 7th Infantry Division public affairs officer.
Identification of the passenger who died will be released pending notification of relatives, Sowers said.
“We would like to offer our condolences to family and friends that tragically lost their beloved soldier today,” Sowers said. “What our chain of command is focused on now is caring for those that are injured and supporting the survivors.”
UPDATE, 9 p.m. | The 11 passengers of the shuttle bus were active-duty military members at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where the shuttle was headed.
UPDATE, 8:16 p.m. | One man seriously injured in the crash was pronounced dead at Tacoma General Hospital, according to WSP trooper Guy Gill. Investigators are still determining the cause of the crash, but don’t believe driver impairment was a factor.
All northbound lanes are now open, Gill said.
ORIGINAL POST | Two people were seriously injured this afternoon when a small airport shuttle-bus struck a light pole on southbound Interstate 5 in Lakewood, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The accident is causing a significant traffic backup in both directions, because the light pole is blocking two northbound lanes. Traffic is backed up about eight miles northbound and about two miles southbound, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. The pole is difficult to move because it’s still attached to the barrier.
Eleven adults were riding the shuttle bus, according to State Patrol.