Hailstorm Crash

More Than 10 Collisions Reported on I-5 in Lewis County After Sudden Hailstorm

By The Chronicle

More than 10 crashes were reported in a two-hour span Tuesday afternoon after a sudden and short burst of hail south of Chehalis, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Troopers responded to the first crash at 12:50 p.m. Crashes were reported on both north- and southbound I-5 between mileposts 60 and 78.

“We do believe there was a hailstorm that came through,” said Sgt. Darren Wright. “There was hail on the ground when first units arrived but we don’t know for sure that was the cause.”

No serious injuries were reported. Investigations into the individual collisions are underway.

I-5 Multi-Car Accident
Multiple cars are seen scattered around in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 Tuesday afternoon in Chehalis.

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I-5 Multi-Car Accident
Lewis County firefighters and Washington State Patrol trooper contain the scene of a multi-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon in Chehalis.

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I-5 Multi-Car Accident
A Washington State Patrol officer talks with a WSDOT employee following a series of accidents Tuesday afternoon in Chehalis.

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I-5 Multi-Car Accident
One of many damaged cars is seen in the northbound lane of Interstate 5 Tuesday afternoon in Chehalis.

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I-5 Multi-Car Accident
Jared Wenzelburger / jwenzelburger@chronline.com
I-5 Multi-Car Accident
Jared Wenzelburger / jwenzelburger@chronline.com
I-5 Multi-Car Accident
Jared Wenzelburger / jwenzelburger@chronline.com