Arlington man killed, four from Marysville hospitalized after head-on car crash
August 31, 2012 · 12:03 PM
ARLINGTON — An Arlington man lost his life in the head-on collision between two cars on Highway 9 just north of Crown Ridge Boulevard at 3:09 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30.
The Arlington man was driving a red Mitsubishi northbound and crossed over the center line, striking a black Nissan Leaf heading southbound. He was the sole occupant of his vehicle, and after extrication and lifesaving attempts, he was pronounced dead on the scene.
The Nissan Leaf's occupants included four Marysville residents — a 41-year-old woman, a 14-year-old girl, and two children in the backseat, aged 4 and 2 years — all of whom were transported to Providence Hospital in Everett for treatment, and were reported to be stable with non-life-threatening injuries. The 41-year-old-woman and 14-year-old girl were thought to have sustained possibly serious injuries, while the two children in the backseat were sent to Providence for precautionary measures. An airlift was originally called for transport, but did not wind up transporting any patients.
Multiple drivers made 911 calls after observing the driver crossing the centerline and fog line frequently, and as such, multiple agencies were en route. The driver of the vehicle behind the red Mitsubishi was giving 911 operators constant information as to their location, which was helpful to dispatching nearby units in hopes of stopping the vehicle before anything further occurred. Upon witnessing the crash, the driver behind the Mitsubishi was even able to provide initial aid to the crash victims, as well as put out a small fire in the Mitsubishi.
The driver of the vehicle that was two vehicles ahead of the red Mitsubishi was also on the phone with 911 providing information, and was able to slow her vehicle to 40 miles per hour, which slowed down the Mitsubishi. The speed limit on that area of Highway 9 is 55 miles per hour, so the crash could have been much worse if the vehicle was traveling at full speed or faster than the speed limit.
Multiple agencies were on a number of high priority calls and collisions at the time that the red Mitsubishi's driving was being reported, among them the Arlington Police Department, which was responding to another head-on collision on Highway 530 when this accident was called in.