A motorcyclist was killed in a multi-vehicle crash on state Route 512 in Parkland on Thursday afternoon, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The five-vehicle collision happened about 4:15 p.m. on eastbound SR 512 just before the Steele Street exit, according to State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova.
The crash involved a semitruck, a pickup truck with a flatbed trailer, a second pickup truck, a car and a motorcycle.
The motorcyclist died at the scene of the wreck.
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A woman and her two children had to be extricated from the car and all three were taken to an area hospital, Bova said. One of the children may have suffered a broken leg.
Because of the complexity of the crash, the State Patrol has brought out multiple crash investigators.
Investigators believe the semitruck, which had an empty trailer, tried to change lanes and had to slam on the brakes, Bova said.
The tractor-trailer rig then struck the car with the woman and two children, then the truck towing the flatbed trailer, Bova said.
The motorcyclist may have laid his bike down to try and avoid the crash, she said. It is unclear why he died.
Eastbound SR 512 was closed entirely for nearly two hours. One lane was opened a little after 6 p.m., and the roadway reopened fully about 7:40 p.m.
The wreck is the second fatal collision on SR 512 in as many days. Kati Shackelford, 30, struck a parked semitruck at 60 mph about 2:30 a.m. while going east near the exit for state Route 7.