EVERETT — A 94-year-old Seattle man was killed Friday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash on northbound I-5 in Everett.
The crash happened just after 3 p.m. near the freeway’s junction with U.S. 2.
The Seattle man is believed to have suffered a medical problem that caused the crash, said trooper Mark Francis with the Washington State Patrol.
The man’s wife, 86, also was hospitalized for injuries that weren’t believed to be life-threatening.
The man was driving a Honda Odyssey and apparently rear-ended a Ford Fusion. The impact sent the Honda van spinning before it struck a wall and then struck a Chevrolet car, Francis said.
The Ford driver, a 38-year-old Lynnwood woman, declined an ambulance but later went to the hospital, Francis said.
The Chevy driver, a 55-year-old Mount Vernon man, was not seriously hurt.
At first, police thought a fourth vehicle had fled the scene as a hit-and-run, but that information was likely to be ruled out as the investigation continued, Francis said.
The crash backed up northbound I-5 for hours. Lane closures continued into the evening.