Tacoma man injured in Slater Road crash Tuesday evening

A medical emergency is believed to have caused a crash on Slater Road shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 21.

Tacoma resident Michael V. Sterling, 48, was driving a black 2003 Mercedes-Benz 500 west on Slater near the bridge over the Nooksack River when he began drifting into the eastbound lane.

Sterling’s car struck seven traffic barrels along the south side of the road before drifting back to the westbound lane, according to Washington State Patrol. The Mercedes drifted into the eastbound lane a second time and struck an additional six barrels.

Sterling’s car drifted back to the westbound side of the road once again before coming to a stop in a ditch on the south shoulder.

Sterling, who was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, was injured and taken to St. Joseph’s hospital, according to Washington State Patrol.

Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the crash. No charges are expected to be filed.