A four-car crash snarled traffic and injured people Tuesday on U.S. 2 near the Three Lakes Road overpass. (Washington State Patrol)

A four-car crash snarled traffic and injured people Tuesday on U.S. 2 near the Three Lakes Road overpass. (Washington State Patrol)

Three injured, one critically, as four-car crash snarls US 2

An SUV reportedly crossed the center line and hit three vehicles near the Three Lakes Road overpass.

SNOHOMISH — A head-on crash on U.S. 2 left a Snohomish man in critical condition and two other drivers with serious injuries early Tuesday.

A westbound Nissan Xterra crossed the center line around 6:25 a.m., side-swiping a Ford Explorer and causing minor damage, before crashing head-on into a Jeep Grand Cherokee, according to the Washington State Patrol.

An oncoming Volkswagen Golf collided with the Nissan and Jeep, near the Three Lakes Road overpass. Those three vehicles were totaled.

The Nissan driver, 33, of Snohomish, was listed in critical condition, trooper Heather Axtman said. Troopers were investigating why he crossed the center line. Impaired driving was not suspected.

“I don’t know if we’ll ever know the reason,” Axtman said.

A man from Everett, 61, and a man from Lake Stevens, 49, were being treated at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.

Both of those drivers had injuries that were serious but not life-threatening.

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