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UPDATE: Four Injured in I-5 Crash That Created Traffic Mess Monday in Lakewood

The crash, which involved a semi-truck, occurred shortly after 3 p.m., on northbound Interstate 5 in the far left lane.

UPDATE: 9:06 p.m., 2/4/13

The Washington State Patrol is reporting that four people who were involved in Monday's afternoon collision on Interstate 5 near State Route 512 were taken to the hospital with injuries.

The crash, which occurred shortly after 3 p.m., on northbound Interstate 5 near State Route 512, created backups that extended all the way to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

According to a WSP report, the crash involved three vehicles all following each other in the left lane. The first vehicle - a car driven by Rachel Agnew of Yakima, 25, slowed to complete a lane change, according to authorities.

That forced the car in back - a car driven by Hoa Nguyen of Tacoma, 51, and carrying four people - to slow down.

Still, the vehicle in the middle - a semi-truck driven by Sergiy Yevstifieiev of Tacoma, 25 - hit the third vehicle, and the two cars collided with each other in the jersey barrier, WSP reports.

The four people in the third car were all transported to St. Joseph's Medical Center in Tacoma. The driver of the first car was injured but not taken to the hospital, while the semi-truck driver was unhurt.

WSP continues to investigate the crash.

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ORIGINAL STORY

A collision near State Route 512 has brought northbound Interstate 5 traffic to a crawl in Lakewood.

The bottleneck is beginning right after passing Joint Base Lewis-McChord on I-5 headed north.

According to Pierce County, the two left lanes of I-5 are blocked, as well as the left lane headed southbound. Northbound traffic is backing around Exit 122.

For updates check www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic or call 5-1-1.

You can also check back for any updates.

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