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4 hurt in crash; drinking suspected

A motorist suspected of drunken driving was among four people injured when his SUV crossed into oncoming traffic and caused a three-vehicle collision on Martin Luther King Jr. Way near Interstate 5 early Saturday morning, the Washington State Patrol reported.

The 65-year-old Seattle driver is under investigation for vehicular assault. He and the 19-year-old driver of another vehicle were in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center late Saturday morning.

The driver and a passenger in a third car were transported to Valley Medical Center but were no longer in the hospital later in the morning.

The crash occurred shortly after midnight when the westbound SUV crossed into the eastbound lanes that are part of an interchange with I-5. The driver of an eastbound SUV swerved, colliding with a third vehicle but still hitting head-on with the westbound vehicle, the State Patrol reported.


Arrest in death of woman, 54

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of a 54-year-old woman who was found inside a burned house in Arlington, north of Everett.

On Saturday, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s office said the man had rented a room in the house. He was arrested Friday night and booked into Snohomish County Jail on investigation of second-degree murder and first-degree arson.

Police say an autopsy completed Wednesday showed the woman had been strangled before the fire. The medical examiner’s office ruled her death a homicide.

Fire crews found her body in the living room.

Seattle Times staff and news services