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Washington trooper injured in traffic accident

Associated Press - December 14, 2008 1:45 PM ET

SEATTLE (AP) - The State Patrol says three people, including a trooper, were injured when a car hit a parked patrol car on Interstate 5 early Sunday near Seattle as a light snow was falling.

The patrol told KOMO-TV that the driver of the speeding car, an 18-year-old Tacoma man, faces vehicular assault charges after he is released from a hospital.

Speeding and driver under the influence were cited as factors in the crash, which happened at about 1:30 a.m. on southbound I-5.

When the crash occurred, the State Patrol car had pulled off onto the highway's left shoulder, with its emergency lights flashing, behind another vehicle while the trooper helped the driver of another car that had slid onto the shoulder into the guardrail.

Taken to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center were the 38-year-old trooper, the Tacoma man and the Tacoma man's passenger, an 18-year-old man. Their conditions were not immediately available.

Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/

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