Four people were killed early Sunday morning (Oct. 7) when the vehicle they were traveling in crashed into a concrete bridge pillar where SR 518 goes under I-5 in Tukwila.

The Washington State Patrol says the single-vehicle accident happened around 2:17 a.m.

Troopers say that the vehicle – with five young men between the ages of 18–22 in it – was traveling eastbound on SR 518 at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway and struck a guardrail on the right side of the road. It then rotated and struck a concrete bridge pillar before coming to rest behind a guardrail on the right side of the road.

The 22-year old driver was ejected from the vehicle, and landed on the right shoulder. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center, and is expected to recover from his injuries.

The four other passengers were killed in the horrific crash. Three were identified as Kent residents, but their names have not yet been released.

Police say that drugs and alcohol were likely involved.

The roadway was blocked for over eight hours.

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