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Wrong way on SR-18 ends in death

By MIKE HALLIDAY

Staff writer

A man was killed early Saturday morning on State Route 18 after his truck was traveling the wrong direction and slammed into another vehicle.

Alcohol was a factor in the accident, the State Patrol reported.

Fredi Bosas Lopez, 22, of Auburn was driving a 1996 Dodge truck and apparently pulled onto the highway’s eastbound lanes going west near Peasley Canyon.

In another, unrelated accident involving wrong-way traffic, an ambulance and a pickup truck collided head-on in downtown Federal Way Monday morning. There were no serious injuries, however.

Lopez hit a 1988 Toyota truck driven by an 18-year-old Sumner man, authorities said. The man was not injured, but his truck was destroyed.

He was traveling west on SR-18 when the collision occurred.

A 20-year-old passenger with Lopez was injured and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the State Patrol.

After hitting the first vehicle, Lopez’s truck spun into a jersey barrier and into traffic, hitting a car driven by a 61-year-old Kent man. That man suffered minor injuries and wasn’t taken to a hospital, troopers said.

Everyone involved was wearing their seatbelts, according to the State Patrol.

An American Medical Response ambulance was involved in an accident Monday while responding to a call.

At about 11:15 a.m., the ambulance carrying two medical technicians was nearing the intersection of South 320th Street and Pacific Highway South with its lights and siren on when it and a white Dodge pickup truck hit each other head-on.

The ambulance was traveling north in the southbound lanes of Pacific. Brant Butte, an AMR spokesman, said that’s not uncommon when going to an emergency.

He said the company’s ambulance drivers slow down as they near intersections and sometimes stop to make sure it’s safe to go through.

The driver of the truck and the ambulance crew had only minor injuries. There weren’t any patients in the ambulance.

Officials said the ambulance technicians were taken to a hospital for evaluation and one was released later Monday. The other was still in the hospital for observation at press time.

Staff writer Mike Halliday: 925-5565, mhalliday@fedwaymirror.com

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