EVERETT — A man will likely be arrested when he is released from a hospital after a six-car pileup that injured eight people Monday night.
The suspect, who is in his mid-20s, was driving a pickup truck and reportedly speeding near Broadway Avenue and California Street before colliding with several cars around 7:30 p.m., according to Everett Police.
Detectives with the Traffic Safety Unit believe alcohol and reckless driving contributed to the crash, which occurred near the Taco Bell and Jack in the Box restaurants. Police found open cans of beer in the man’s truck, Deputy Chief John DeRousse said.
The Everett Fire Department responded to the scene as a mass casualty incident, sending out three medic units, two engines, a heavy rescue vehicle and a battalion chief, as well as a private ambulance.
Eight people, from ages 13 to 55, were treated at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.
The suspect was later transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he was still being treated for serious injuries Tuesday evening. After he’s released, police expect to book him into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of three counts of vehicular assault.
DeRousse said it might be a few days before the suspect is cleared from the hospital.
No one has life-threatening injuries, according to a statement from the Everett Police.
The road was closed about four hours during the initial investigation and cleanup.
Detectives are still investigating the circumstances leading up to the crash and are looking for more witnesses. Tips can be directed to 425-257-8450.