A stolen van slammed into a truck head-on in the 22100 block of Highway 99 just after 8 p.m. Friday night, sending two people to Harborview Medical Center.
According to Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Mark Marsh, the truck was southbound on Highway 99, stopped in the two-way left turn lane waiting to make a turn, when it was struck by the van, which was headed northbound after veering into the two-way lane.
The driver of the van, which turned out to be stolen out of Lynnwood, attempted to flee the scene on foot. “Witnesses to the accident chased the man down, catching him by Edmonds Furniture and held him down until police arrived,” Marsh said. The truck’s driver, a 48-year-old Lake Forest Park man, and his passenger, a 63-year-old Brier woman, were both taken to Harborview. The van driver was transported to Swedish/Edmonds for treatment and investigation of hit-and-run with injuries and possession of stolen property, among other possible charges, Marsh said, adding he will be booked into the Snohomish County Jail.
The northbound lanes of Hwy 99 were closed for the investigation, with traffic being detoured around the accident scene. The condition of the driver and passenger of the victim vehicle will be updated when more information is known, Marsh added.