A tragic rollover crash in Enumclaw killed two people in the early morning hours of Tuesday. State Route 164 was shuttered for several hours as emergency responders assisted victims and the scene was cleared. Three other people were severely injured in the rollover crash.
Washington State Patrol troopers responded to the scene and found a Kia sedan turned on its side and a Ford truck smashed into a nearby telephone pole. Investigators believe the accident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. Washington State Patrol said the 2004 Kia Spectra suddenly veered into oncoming traffic and hit a 2013 Ford F150 head on at the intersection of SR 164 and 196th Avenue SE. The unnamed passengers in the backseat of the Kia were thrown from the vehicle as it turned over. Investigators confirmed that the deceased victims were not wearing seat belts at the time of the rollover crash.
#Breaking : Two people are dead after a head-on crash on SR 164 in Enumclaw near the King and Pierce County border. Speed was a factor. Car versus truck. The car caused the crash. Two of the four people inside the car died. The driver of truck and two passengers in car survived.
— Alex Rozier (@AlexRozierK5) December 4, 2018
The Kia was transporting Crystal Mulling, Charles Saylor, and two other people at the time of the rollover crash. William Gatlin was the sole passenger in the Ford pickup truck. Mulling, 22, Saylor, 18, and Gatlin, 31, were all rushed to Harborview Medical Hospital to treat their injuries. The other two Kia passengers did not survive and were pronounced dead at the scene of the rollover crash.
The crash survivors from the Kia potentially faces charges of vehicular manslaughter.
“We have reasons to believe that alcohol was involved,” said Trooper Rick Johnson of the Washington State Patrol.
State Route 164 eventually reopened around 9 a.m. Tuesday morning.
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