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Story by Oregon State Media, Inc.
Published on Saturday April 30, 2011 - 1:25 PM
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SEATTLE - The Washington State Patrol says a pedestrian who tried to cross Interstate 5 in Seattle early Saturday was hit by a car and caused a spectacular crash, and it's remarkable no one was killed.

Twenty-six-year-old Joel Martinez-Jose was driving a 1993 Honda Civic northbound when he tried unsuccessfully to swerve to avoid 39-yaer-old Thau Qual Le. The impact threw Le clear of the roadway, and the Civic wound up in the next lane over where it was almost completely demolished by a U.S. Postal Service semi truck.

Investigators say it's amazing that Martinez-Jose suffered only minor injuries. Le was taken to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition and is expected to survive.

The highway was closed for several hours.