A 22-year-old Bremerton man was killed on Interstate 5 late Sunday after his Honda struck the side of a tanker trailer carrying 7,000 pounds of liquid nitrogen, according to the State Patrol.
Northbound I-5 was closed for eight hours after the 11:14 p.m. collision at milepost 177, outside Mountlake Terrace, Trooper Mark Francis said.
The 2002 Honda Accord apparently struck the 1988 tanker trailer in front of the rear axles, causing the truck to fall on top of the car, Francis said. The car was crushed and the Bremerton man was trapped. He died at the scene. He was alone in the car.
Francis said the truck driver, a 50-year-old Puyallup man, reported that he had been driving in the middle lane while the Honda was traveling in the HOV lane.
Road cleanup took several hours, Francis said. Officials estimated the tanker sustained at least $100,000 in damage.
Francis said he did not know where the truck was heading or why it was carrying liquid nitrogen. The Bremerton man was not identified.