SUMNER, Wash. - The drivers of two vehicles that struck one another and then a gravel truck between Sumner and Bonney Lake were both killed Friday morning.
Police said the driver of a pickup heading eastbound up the hill on State Route 410 lost control, crashed over the cement Jersey barrier and went into the westbound lanes.
“We're not sure why the pickup crossed the Jersey barrier at this point. We suspect speed was involved, but again, that's still under investigation at this point,” said Washington State Patrol Trooper Sgt. Dan Shades.
The pickup hit a Ford Focus that was heading westbound down the hill. A fully loaded gravel truck then slammed into both vehicles.
The drivers of the pickup and car, both men, were killed in the crash.
They were alone in their vehicles.
The driver of the gravel truck was not hurt, and state troopers said the crash happened so fast, he probably didn't have time to avoid the pickup and the car.
The mangled vehicles slowed traffic in both directions of SR 410 for hours.
WSP's Major Accident Investigation Team was called out to take measurements and document the scene.
Troopers said they don't have reason to suspect the driver of the pickup who jumped the barrier was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.