Newcastle woman faces charges in head-on I-90 crash

December 16, 2009

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 2009

A crash near Preston caused by a suspected drunk driver sent two people to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities said the driver, a Newcastle woman, was traveling eastbound in a silver Acura when the vehicle crossed the center median that separates eastbound and westbound Interstate 90. The accident occurred just east of the Preston exit.

A Washington State Patrol trooper witnessed the Acura cross the median, then drive down the hill and continue in the middle westbound lane — traveling in the opposite direction. The driver swerved right to avoid a collision with a tractor-trailer and instead collided with a Honda Civic. The accident occurred at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The driver of a Honda Civic was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a Tuesday crash on Interstate 90 near Preston. — Washington State Patrol

The driver of a Honda Civic was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a Tuesday crash on Interstate 90 near Preston. — Washington State Patrol

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