One dead, multiple injuries in head-on Burien accident

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on October 19, 2010 at 6:22 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 19 at 11:09 AM

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BURIEN, Wash. - The driver of a wrong-way car was killed in collisions on Highway 509 at Burien that injured five people in two other cars.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Cliff Pratt said the crew of an ambulance reported seeing a car stop and turn the wrong way late Monday shortly after 11 p.m.

"One of our local ambulances, a Tri-Met ambulance, got on the radio and attempted to call in a wrong-way vehicle. This vehicle was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of 509," said Pratt. "During that radio broadcast the Tri-Met ambulance actually witnessed this vehicle glance off a separate vehicle and then strike a vehicle head-on."

Pratt said the vehicle stopped for an unknown reason and actually turned around within the northbound lanes. The driver of the wrong-way car climbed out of the wreckage and was apparently trying to run away when he was hit by five other vehicles and killed.

"Our first troopers at the scene essentially showed up not too long after that and found a Subaru, the first reported Subaru that was traveling in the wrong direction, with nobody inside of it. It was unoccupied," said Pratt. "As they (the troopers) started expanding out and doing their search...we then found a person who had been struck several times in the southbound lanes. So we now have a pedestrian that was struck and, at this point, has been killed."

Pratt said officials assume at this point the driver of the Suburu caused all of the collisions.

"(The Subaru driver) is the one that jumped out of the vehicle and possibly jumped over the guardrail and then ran across the southbound lanes - attempting to get away or who knows what at this point - but was struck several times by at least two or three vehicles," Pratt added.

Pratt said the man's body ended up under the ambulance that first reported his wrong turn.

Three females were in the vehicle that was struck head-on. One of the females is now in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

There were two people inside the glanced-off car; they were also taken to Harborview with minor chest pains.

Highway 509 was closed for several hours during the investigation. It has since re-opened.

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