Six juniors injured in major I-5 crash

From staff reports

Eight male Cleveland students riding in two separate vehicles were involved in a car crash on May 28, on southbound Interstate 5 at about 8:15 a.m. just north of the Boeing Access Road. Six of the boys were injured and one remains hospitalized in serious condition. Three others were in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center. All of the boys are juniors at Cleveland.

One of the cars carried four boys as it went over a guardrail and rolled 100 feet down a steep embankment. According to reports from Seattle Fire Department, one boy was ejected from the vehicle and two had to be extricated by firefighters. Another managed to escape and make his way up the hill to flag for help.

According to Washington State Patrol, all of the boys involved are 16- and 17-year-old juniors. The school had late arrival that day, and juniors were not required to be on campus until 9:30 a.m. for a job shadow meeting.

Based on information from the police report, it was determined that a 1995 Lexus GS3 and a 2008 Toyota Camry were driving southbound on I-5 when both cars merged into the same lane and collided.

Both cars veered to the right, striking the guardrail. The Lexus went over the railing, while the Toyota struck the rail before traveling across all five lanes of traffic, coming to rest on the left shoulder of the freeway. The Lexus was totaled in the accident and the Toyota sustained significant damage.

All of the passengers were wearing their seatbelts.

Traffic on the interstate was backed up for just over five hours as rescue workers responded to the scene and police officers collected evidence.

The cause of the accident has not been determined, but according to the Washington State Patrol, it is being investigated as a felony collision.

Because the investigation is ongoing, The Journal is not naming the students involved in the crash.