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News: 2 dead after fiery wrong-way crash on I-5 in SeaTac

by | Sep 23, 2022 | Accidents in the News |

KING COUNTY, WA — Two people, including a teenager, have died following a head-on collision late Thursday night on Interstate 5 in SeaTac, according to MyNorthwest.

The fatal wreck occurred on the northbound lanes of I-5 near Exit 152 to South 188th Street, or Orilla Road South. Washington State Patrol troopers responded to the scene at around midnight.

A preliminary investigation by the WSP indicates a 46-year-old Puyallup man was behind the wheel of a Jeep Liberty traveling southbound on the northbound interstate. At one point, the Jeep collided head-on with an oncoming Ford Taurus driven by a 19-year-old woman.

Officials said the impact of the crash caused the Taurus to catch on fire and become fully covered in flames shortly after. The young woman was pronounced deceased on the scene.

The man was rushed to a local hospital where he also later died from his injuries.

All northbound lanes in the area were shut down for nearly three hours during the emergency response and investigation.

Multiple agencies, including the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority, the Tukwila Fire Department, South King Fire & Rescue, and Medic One, were at the scene.

It remains unclear at this time whether impairment contributed to the crash, but the WSP continues to investigate.


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