Eight teen males were involved in a car crash on southbound Interstate 5 in Seattle, according to the Washington State Patrol. Six were injured, two of them critically.
One Cleveland High School student was listed in serious condition and three others were in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center Friday evening following a crash Thursday morning on southbound Interstate 5 in South Seattle.
They were among six male students from the Seattle school who were injured in the two-car crash at about 8:15 a.m., just north of the Boeing Access Road. Altogether eight teen boys were involved in the crash.
One of the cars carried four boys as it went over a guardrail and 100 feet down a steep embankment, said Trooper Clark Jones of the Washington State Patrol.
One boy was able to crawl out of the car and back up the hill, according to Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore. Another boy was ejected from the vehicle, and two had to be extricated by firefighters, Moore said.
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All six injured teens were taken to Harborview Medical Center, Moore said.
Two of the injured teens were listed in critical and serious condition Friday morning, but their conditions were downgraded to serious and satisfactory Friday morning. In addition to the four injured students, two others were treated and released Thursday, Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg said.
Thursday night, a nursing supervisor there said that in addition to the two in critical condition, four were in satisfactory condition.
All of the boys involved are 16- and 17-year-olds, according to the Washington State Patrol. The six injured students are all juniors at Cleveland, a staff member there said. Juniors weren’t required to be on campus until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.
According to the Washington State Patrol, a 1995 Lexus GS3 and a 2008 Toyota Camry were southbound on I-5 when both cars merged into the same lane and collided.
The Lexus went over the guardrail, while the Toyota struck a guardrail, traveled across all five lanes of traffic and struck another guardrail. The Lexus was totaled and the Toyota sustained significant damage.
There are preliminary reports that both cars may have been driving erratically, Jones said, but the cause of the accident had not been determined. The crash is being investigated as a felony collision, Jones said.
The crash caused a seven-mile backup on I-5. The drive from downtown Seattle to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, normally a 15-minute trip, took up to an hour at one point Thursday morning, and traffic was clogged in the area until early afternoon, the Washington State Department of Transportation said.
All lanes of southbound I-5 reopened five hours after the crash.