19-year-old driver seriously hurt in crash that ripped car in half

(WSP photo)

MOUNT VERNON -- A teenage driver was seriously hurt in a high-speed crash Thursday afternoon on I-5.

Troopers say the driver was heading north on I-5 near College Way around 1:30 p.m. when he swerved and struck a tree -- ripping the car in half.

The driver was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

WSP says speed was likely a factor, but the crash is still under investigation.

No further information was immediately available.

(Photo: Josh Musser)