Issaquah man injured in wrong-way Everett crash

June 25, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. June 25, 2011

Police said an 18-year-old Issaquah man sustained serious injuries in a wrong-way crash along Interstate 5 in Everett during the Thursday evening commute.

The crash left a 54-year-old Everett man dead. State troopers identified the deceased driver as Eric M. Lans.

Police said Lans’ Mitsubishi sport utility vehicle left the northbound lanes south of 128th Street Southwest, drifted across the median and into the southbound lanes. Then, the vehicle sideswiped a Dodge SUV driven by the Issaquah man and crashed into another SUV.

Medics transported the Issaquah driver, Austin Abendroth, to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to treat leg and pelvis injuries. Abendroth remained in serious condition in the intensive care unit Friday.

The accident occurred at about 5:30 p.m. The ensuing investigation and cleanup required police to shut down all southbound lanes for hours, causing massive traffic congestion.

Troopers do not know if alcohol or drug use on behalf of the deceased driver contributed to the crash. The accident remains under investigation.

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