Three teens killed in the Lynnwood crash were students at Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek, and a 15-year-old girl who was injured is a student at Cascade High School in Everett.
Three teens killed Wednesday in an early morning crash in Lynnwood were students at Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek, and a fourth teen, a 15-year-old girl who was injured is a student at Cascade High School in Everett, according to the Everett School District.
Around 4 a.m. Wednesday, the four teenagers were driving in a Kia Sorrento northbound in the 16900 block of Alderwood Mall Parkway when their vehicle struck the trailer of a parked semi-truck and drove underneath it, said a spokeswoman for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
The names of the three people who died in the crash will be released by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The survivor, a 15-year-old girl, was listed in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
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Alderwood Mall Parkway was closed for several hours before reopening about 9:20 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office.
While it is legal for trucks to park trailers in designated areas along Alderwood Mall Parkway, the involved semi trailer was not parked in the correct direction. Instead, the front of the trailer faced oncoming traffic, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said. The violation is a civil parking infraction.
Dave Peters, principal of Henry M. Jackson High School, sent a letter to students and their families on Wednesday to notify them of the fatal incident.
“We are all incredibly shocked and saddened by this event,” Peters wrote. “Since it’s summer break it makes it challenging to reach out, but we want to make sure you had resources to help cope with this sad news.”
The school’s crisis-response team met Wednesday, and counselors, teachers and others will be available at the high school, at 1508 136th St. S.E., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday so students, staff and parents can get help if they need it, Peters’ letter says.
“You can help your child by simply talking and listening to them. We don’t always know how a student will be affected in a crisis, but you know your child the best of anyone,” Peters wrote. “Due to previous similar events or losses, if you feel your child needs to visit with someone, please give us a call. We want to be sensitive to all of our students’ needs.”
He included some advice to parents to help their children cope with the devastating loss:
- Allow for your child to talk about feelings. If this is the first loss your child has experienced, your child may not know how to respond and will be looking for your guidance.
- Affirm all expressions. It’s okay to express feelings honestly. Tolerate the expressions rather than dismissing them or discouraging the expression of feelings.
- Encourage written expressions such notes, letters, pictures to the family etc.
- Reaffirm that your child is safe and that your child is loved.
- Affirm that your child’s reaction is normal and you understand the way your child feels.
- Watch for signs of trouble, such as aggression, withdrawal, etc.
- Help the children return to a routine that is as normal as possible.
Peters ends the letter, writing: “Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of these students during this difficult time.”