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One Critical in Maple Valley Highway Crash

Police say a car crossed the center lane, striking two cars before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The driver of a car that crossed the center lane of the Maple Valley Highway west of the Henry Moses Aquatic Center was in critical condition Wednesday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The driver was not identified by Renton Police.

Renton Fire and Emergency Services responded to the crash and had to extricate the driver from the silver vehicle before the driver was transported to Harborview by King County Medic One. Also in the vehicle was the driver's dog. Renton Animal Control took the dog to the Cedar River Animal Hospital, said Commander Clark Wilcox. The dog was said to have critical injuries also.

The drivers of the other vehicles suffered minor injuries. According to Wilcox, the silver vehicle crossed the center lane, striking a red pick-up truck, then continuing westbound on Maple Valley Highway and striking a black vehicle head-on. Before impact with the black vehicle, another vehicle traveling eastbound went between the silver and black car, avoiding the collision.

Traffic around the accident created extra congestion around Interstate 405, Highway 169 and surface streets. Washington State Patrol closed the northbound 405 off-ramp to Maple Valley Highway in both directions, while Renton Police had the Maple Valley Highway closed between I-405 and Southeast 5th Street.

Renton Police expected the Maple Valley Highway to be closed for several hours while they continued the investigation.

TJ Kiltman Anderson September 13, 2012 at 04:42 AM
A silver car? A red truck? Hahaha.. Sexist joke warning...did a girl write this? (a dodge ram pick up, red, admittedly from that shot, could not get make/model on the silver sedan..the black car appears to be a VW) givin ya a hard time =)
Dave Nelson September 13, 2012 at 04:48 PM
It was very early in the accident; and all the information was the color of the vehicles! We hope to have more information today on the accident.
Renate Beedon September 13, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Tj - I read the article and I didn't even notice that car makes we're not mentioned. I was more interested in the gist of the story and it gave me that.
Renate Beedon September 13, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I hope the dog is ok!!
At The Scene September 14, 2012 at 01:39 AM
The driver of the silver vehicle was semi-conscious after the accident and remained in his vehicle until help arrived. Moaning, yet not appearing to be in any obvious pain he had a group of civilians looking after him until Medics arrived to transport him. He had shown signs of expiring prior to being lifted into the back of the Emergency Vehicle.
Brandy Keippala September 14, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Wow, I really hope everyone (dog included) is okay. We were in the line of cars redirected onto the 405. It took us over an hour to get home. Small price to pay for the ability of our emergency services to help save lives. Thank you!
Wendi September 16, 2012 at 05:21 AM
I'm a family friend the dog did not survive! So sad because Shawdow ment the world to his owner! The crappy thing about this is the driver was not the owner of the dog!!!

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