The multi-vehicle crash occurred at around 2:30 p.m. between five passenger cars and a tractor-trailer. The six-vehicle pile-up happened near the intersection of the southbound Interstate 5 off-ramp to State Route 512.
Officials say the injury accident was sparked by the driver of the 18-wheeler, reports the Lakewood Patch. Several people in the accident sustained serious injuries in the crash, including a woman who required extrication from her car. Two people involved in the crash were taken to Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Following the accident, the driver was arrested for driving while impaired.
The following information regarding large truck accidents is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):