Two auto accidents in Renton claimed five lives and sent one victim to the hospital with critical injuries. The tragic crashes happened within 45 minutes of each other and were not related. According to the authorities, both vehicles involved in the two separate collisions caught on fire as a result of the impact.
Officials Say Driver In First Renton Accident Was Speeding
The first crash took place on Southeast Petrovitsky Road and 126th Avenue Southeast. It involved a 2012 Mercedes-Benz. When officers were called to the scene moments after it happened at 12:30 a.m., they found the vehicle engulfed in flames. One person was inside the burning car.
Officials said that the vehicle was traveling eastbound on Southeast Petrovitsky Road prior to the accident. As the vehicle approached a bend in the road, it hit a curb and swerved off the road causing it to hit a tree and catch on fire. Officials said the driver was speeding before the crash.
The single occupant was declared dead at the scene. No other vehicles were involved.
Vehicle Involved In Second Accident Split In Two
The second accident happened on Rainier Avenue North around 1:15 a.m. and it involved a 2004 Toyota Camry. Officials said that the car was speeding southbound when the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to slide sideways down the road. The vehicle, which was carrying five people, collided with a large tree. The impact ejected several of the occupants and caused the vehicle to split in half. When officials arrived at the scene, the front of the vehicle was on fire.
Four people were killed while a fifth victim was sent to the hospital in critical condition.
No other vehicles were involved in the accident.
When discussing these tragic collisions, the Renton Police Department issued a statement offering their sympathies to the families, friends, and loved ones of the victims. Authorities also urged any witnesses with additional information regarding these accidents to call 911 and reference Renton Case #23-8920 for the first crash and Renton Case #23-8922 for the second crash.
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