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Driver of wrong-way car in crash on SR 9 claims explosive in car, but bomb squad finds nothing

SNOHOMISH, Wash. — The Washington State Patrol on Tuesday night called out the bomb squad to investigate a  claim by a wrong-way driver that crashed on State Route 9 near Snohomish that there was an explosive device in his car.

Trooper H. Axtman said the incident began when a passenger car headed southbound in the northbound lane of SR 9 near 164th, outside of Snohomish, crashed head-on into a box truck. The driver of the car attempted to flee, but was held by the box truck driver until officers arrived, Axtman said.

The driver of the car claimed there was a bomb in his car.

The State Patrol called out the bomb squad to investigate and they blocked the roadway in both directions.