Police: Speeding driver slams into back of car killing 1

FIFE, Wash. -- One person was killed and a second was injured in a chain-reaction crash caused by a speeding driver Monday afternoon, Fife Police said.

According to Sergeant Tom Thompson with Fife Police, a driver was passing a car on 70th Avenue E before veering back into the mainline of traffic, and slamming into the back of a line of three cars that were stopped at a red light.

The driver of the car that was hit first was killed. That car was pushed into a second car whose driver was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. A third car was also rear-ended, but that driver did not suffer any injuries, according to Thompson.

The causing driver may have been impaired, Thompson said, and speeding is the main cause of the crash.

As of 2:30 p.m., 70th Avenue at 26th Street E is closed while crews process the scene.

Traffic is expected to be severely impacted for next several hours, and drivers are asked to use alternate routes.