4-car crash in front of Decatur High School injures 5 people

There were no fatalities

A collision involving four vehicles in front of Decatur High School early Friday morning sent five people to local medical facilities to be treated for injuries.

The crash happened around 7:10 a.m. at the intersection of SW 320th Street and 26th Avenue SW.

Both students and parents were involved, according to a message sent from Decatur principal Jamie Tough.

One individual was extricated from a vehicle at the scene, but there were no major traumas or fatalities, said Capt. Jeff Bellinghausen, community affairs officer for South King Fire and Rescue.

Both directions of SW 320th Street in front of the school were closed for about 40 minutes as the Federal Way Police Department and South King Fire responded to the incident. The street is now back open in both directions.

The crash was possibly caused by a pickup truck running a red light and then crashing into an Escalade, said FWPD Cmdr. Casey Jones said. In a domino effect, the Escalade then ran into another car, causing the third car to crash into a fourth car.

Alcohol did not seem to have any involvement, Jones said.

“Scholar safety is of utmost importance and with school in session, we would like to remind all drivers, scholars and families to be aware of their surroundings as they travel to and from school,” principal Jamie Tough wrote in the press release. “During the winter months, the early mornings and later afternoons will be darker as students head to and from school.”

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.




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