Tailgating driver causes chain-reaction accident

A total of five vehicles involved in a succession of traffic collisions on Tuesday afternoon was the result of a driver following another car too closely.

According to Washington State Patrol (WSP) reports, a 62-year-old Port Orchard woman was driving her Toyota Camry eastbound on State Route 16 when traffic slowed and she rear-ended a Honda Prelude, causing a domino affect.

When the woman hit the Prelude, it forced the vehicle to rear-end a 23-year-old woman’s Ford Focus.

A 45-year-old man driving a Jeep Cherokee was traveling behind the three cars that crashed and in an attempt to avoid the collision, swung his vehicle into the next lane.

During the process of swerving to avoid another wreck, he hit a Kitsap Transit bus with passengers.

The woman driving the Camry sustained minor injuries and was taken to Harrison Medical Center as a precautionary measure.

No other injuries were sustained and all drivers were wearing safety restraints.

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