A total of four cars were involved in multiple crashes late Monday night on Highway 516.

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Two Federal Way men died and six other people were injured in a series of collisions that began with a driver going the wrong way on Highway 516 about 11:35 p.m. Monday in Kent, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Trooper Rick Johnson said a 1988 Toyota Camry driven by a 38-year-old Federal Way man got on the highway headed east in the westbound lanes near Meeker Street.

The Camry first sideswiped a 1999 Lexus RX, then struck the passenger side of 2005 Nissan Altima driven by a woman who had her 5-year-old child in the back seat, Johnson said.

While attempting to avoid the crashed cars, the driver of a fourth vehicle — a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt — hit a guardrail and then struck the Lexus, he said.

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Each of the four cars had two people inside.

The driver of the wrong-way car, and his 36-year-old passenger, also of Federal Way, died at the scene, police said.

The 43-year-old Auburn mother in the the Nissan Altima was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries; her child was admitted to the hospital with broken bones and is listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit, according to police and a hospital spokeswoman.

The 59-year-old Seattle man who was driving the Lexus was taken to Harborview, where he is in critical condition in the intensive care unit. His passenger, a 54-year-old Des Moines woman, was also at Harborview in serious condition, according to the hospital.

The 28-year-old Seattle man who was driving the Cobalt, and his 30-year-old passenger from Kent, both were taken to Valley Medical Center in Renton with non-life-threatening injuries, Johnson said.

The roadway was blocked for hours but reopened around 5 a.m. Tuesday.