Multiple people are dead after a crash on I-5 north near Kalama, Washington.
Kalama, WASHINGTON — Troopers say the SUV carrying a family of 6 — 3 adults and 3 children — was traveling northbound on I-5 when it left the roadway and rolled over. At least 5 people were ejected from the vehicle.
Troopers believe that they were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. The first trooper that arrived attempted life saving measures on one the the children.
That child, and grandparents identified as Oferia Nuusolia, 60, and Lokeni Nuusolia, 65, died at the scene.
Another child was Life Flighted with critical injuries. The driver/mother was identified as Daryl Tuimavave, 36, of Lakewood was taken to an area hospital along with the third child.
Troopers believe the mother of the children may have been distracted while she was driving. When she had turned her attention back to the road the traffic has slowed down forcing her to take action to avoid a collision.
On Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata released a statement of condolences for the Samoan community in the state of Washington as they mourn the loss of several lives in a tragic vehicle accident.
“I was saddened to hear that some of our own in the state of Washington experienced great loss over the weekend,” said Aumua Amata. “Our hearts are with them as they grieve and remember their loved ones. We also pray for the full recovery of the survivors of this tragedy. May God send His peace to these dear families, and comfort the entire community in their loss. The thoughts and prayers of the people of our islands are with them, and may God bless in this time with unity, strength and love.”