Issaquah man faces charges in Metro vanpool crash

January 4, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 5 p.m. Jan. 4, 2011

Prosecutors charged a 27-year-old Issaquah man Tuesday for a September crash along Interstate 90.

The crash injured seven people in a King County Metro Transit Rideshare van and caused traffic snarls during the Sept. 24 morning commute.

Douglas Burt Henderson faces two counts of vehicular assault for the incident.

Washington State Patrol investigators said Henderson had been traveling illegally in the high-occupancy vehicle lane near Issaquah at the time of the crash.

Investigators said Henderson rear-ended the van, a Chevrolet Uplander, in the HOV lane at 5:35 a.m. Sept. 24.

The impact pushed the Uplander from the right side of the interstate near West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. The vehicle then rolled into a ditch.

Police said a passenger was ejected, and four others were pinned inside the mangled wreckage of the van.

The other vehicle, a Ford pickup, came to a rest in a wooded section near the road.

Bellevue firefighters worked for almost an hour to free the passengers trapped inside the wrecked Uplander. Troopers said the passengers suffered from mild to moderate injuries.

Medics transported Henderson to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue for precautionary medical evaluations.

Police booked him into the King County Jail on charges of vehicular assault and driving under the influence, after he was released from the hospital.

Henderson was later released from jail. Prosecutors asked for the suspect to be re-arrested.

The crash caused a milelong backup on the eastbound section and a three-mile backup in the westbound lanes.

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