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State Patrol: Reckless Driving Caused Crashes That Snarled I-5 Traffic

By The Chronicle

No serious injuries were reported Monday morning after a reckless driver reportedly caused one crash and a backup that led to a second, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn.

The incidents began just before 9 a.m. near milepost 66 of southbound Interstate 5.

“It all started with a road rage incident,” Finn said.

A passenger car reportedly tried to pass another vehicle on the left shoulder by the median, lost control and ended up on the jersey barrier, he said. No injuries were reported in that crash and no other vehicles were involved.

The crash caused a backup as first responders arrived. As vehicles slowed, another collision occurred at 8:57 a.m., according to a release from the State Patrol.

A 2006 Ford F-150 driven by Austin R. Nachatilo, 19, of Chehalis, failed to slow down for the backup and hit a second vehicle, a 2016 Subaru Forester driven by Amanda L. Windes, 36, of Reno, Nevada.

The truck hit the Subaru with enough force that the smaller car rolled over.

Windes and two passengers, a 3-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy, were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital.

Finn said the children were properly restrained and not injured, but said Windes had minor injuries.

Nachatilo was cited for following too close, according to the State Patrol.