BELLEVUE, Wash. -- A motorcyclist was killed in a head-on crash with a wrong-way driver on a busy state highway Friday morning, according to state troopers.
Authorities said they started receiving 911 calls around 11:15 a.m. reporting a wrong-way driver in the eastbound lanes of SR 520 in Bellevue.
Trooper Rick Johnson with the Washington State Patrols aid the wrong-way driver eventually hit a motorcyclist who died at the scene.
Johnson said the driver of the blue pickup truck is a 79-year-old man who was cooperating with the investigation. He was treated for injuries at the scene and then transported to a nearby hospital.
All eastbound lanes of SR 520 were closed for several hours but reopened shortly after 2:00 p.m.
"You’re not expecting that on the freeway we want to tell people to be vigilant and watch the best you can but no one’s expecting a vehicle to be coming at you the wrong way," said Trooper Johnson.
The identity of the motorcycle driver has yet to be released, pending an investigation by the King County Medical Examiner's office.