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Four Injured in Head-On Collision that Closed SR 169 Outside Enumclaw Tuesday Morning

Three people were taken to Harborview Medical Center and one transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw for their injuries.

Three people involved in a head-on collision on State Route 169 north of Enumclaw Tuesday morning were listed in serious condition after they were taken to Harborview Medical Center for their injuries.

Hospital spokesperson Susan Gregg-Hanson said Tuesday afternoon they were headed to the intensive care unit.

The 16-year-old driver of a 1988 Ford Ranger pick up truck headed southbound on State Route 169 entered the northbound lane approaching S.E. 416th Street at 8:19 a.m. to pass a slower vehicle when he collided with a 1986 Ford F250 pickup truck that was headed northbound, according to a Washington State Patrol memo.

The 16-year-old, his 12-year-old passenger and the 69-year-old driver of the northbound truck were taken to Harborview. The 40-year-old passenger of the second truck was taken to St. Elizabeth and has since been treated and released, said hospital spokesperson Gale Robinette. All four people involved are from Enumclaw.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Update: 11:45 a.m.: Enumclaw Fire (KCFD 28) reported that there were four people injured, two in each vehicle. Three were transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle -- two airlifted due to the severity of their injuries. The fourth person was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital.

KCFD 28 had also responded to an accident on 244th Avenue S.E. at S.E. 424th Street prior to this between a vehicle and a school bus. No injuries requiring transport were reported there.

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Update: 10:23 a.m. The WSDOT reports all lanes are now open.

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Update: 9:50 a.m.: The Washington State Patrol says the lanes will be closed for several hours. Drivers are advised to use local streets to detour around the closure:  Take 424th Street to 244th Avevue SE to SE 400th Street.

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Original post: A head-on crash has blocked all lanes of SR 169 Tuesday morning, according to KOMO News. Several people are reported injured.

The highway is shut down near SE 416th Street and the crash happened around 8:30 a.m. Rescue crews are on scene and KOMO reports at least one person had to be airlifted to the hospital.

This is a developing story. Stick with Patch for the latest updates.

Klondiko October 23, 2012 at 08:28 PM
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