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Road rage may have been cause of serious injury crash on I-5 in Tacoma

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TACOMA, Wash. -- A road rage situation may have been the cause of a serious crash Thursday when a driver tried to pass cars on the shoulder and struck another driver on Interstate 5 at 56th Street South in Tacoma, according to Washington State Patrol.

Trooper Brooke Bova said that according to witnesses, a 68-year-old man may have been involved in some sort of road rage incident with another driver while heading northbound on I-5.

When the man tried to pass cars on the right shoulder, he reportedly struck a 75-year-old woman driving northbound when he tried to re-enter the roadway, according to Bova. The collision caused the two cars to roll over.

State Patrol believes the unknown driver that is suspected to be involved in the road rage incident with the 68-year-old man saw the collision happen and did not stop.

According to Bova, the unknown driver in a red passenger car hit a jersey barrier as the car drove away. There may be front-end or driver-side damage to the car.

State Patrol is hoping that the driver of the red car, or anyone who witnesses the crash, will contact them with more information.

Both the 68-year-old man and 75-year-old woman were taken to Tacoma General Hospital. Their conditions are unclear.

Two lanes of northbound I-5 at 56th Street South were blocked Thursday afternoon by a crash. The lanes have since reopened.