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December 11, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Driver dies after hitting logging truck on Highway 18

UPDATE 10:35 a.m. | The State Patrol has identified the 20-year-old woman killed after her car struck a vehicle on Highway 18 in Federal Way early this morning as Cearra J. Dillard.

A spokesman for the State Patrol said investigators believe Dillard’s Kia Sol struck a logging truck; but the driver of the larger vehicle drove off without realizing the truck had been hit.

Dillard, of Federal Way, died at Harborview Medical Center.

UPDATE, 8:20 a.m. | The 20-year-old female driver died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Trooper Chris Webb said in a tweet. She was driving a Kia Sol and is believed to be from Federal Way.

UPDATE 8:06 a.m. | The State Patrol says that a driver who died in a crash on Highway 18 around 4 a.m. apparently struck a logging truck.

Trooper Chris Webb said the man was heading west, near Weyerhauser Way, when he struck the much larger vehicle. Troopers are investigating a cause of the crash.

“It’s likely the logging truck driver didn’t know he was hit,” Webb said.

UPDATE, 7:20 a.m. | All lanes have reopened on westbound Highway 18, WSDOT says. Traffic is still backed up, but starting to clear.

ORIGINAL POST | A car hit the back of a slow-moving semi-truck early Thursday morning on westbound Highway 18 just east of Weyerhaeuser, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

The driver has died from his injuries, according to a tweet from Trooper Chris Webb of the Washington State Patrol.

Traffic is backed up 3 miles behind the collision while officials continue to investigate.

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