RENTON, Wash. - Renton Police are investigating two deadly crashes that happened within an hour of each other Saturday morning, leaving five dead and one critically injured.
The first crash happened around 12:30 a.m. near Petrovitsky Rd and 126th Ave SE. Authorities say a 2010 Mercedes speeding down the road missed a bend in the road, striking a curb and flying off the road into a tree. The vehicle caught fire, and the driver was killed in the crash.
The second crash happened around 1:15 a.m. near Third and Rainier Ave. Renton Police say a 2004 Toyota Camry was "split in half" after crashing into a tree, throwing several passengers from the car. The front of the vehicle was on fire, as well. Police say four people in the car died, and a fifth person suffered critical injuries and was taken to the hospital for emergency care.
Authorities have not yet released the identities of the people in the crashes.
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Initial investigations suggest both cars were speeding, but anyone who might have additional information is urged to call 911. The first incident is Case #23-8920 and the second incident is Case #23-8922.