Couple killed in rollover accident on I-90 near North Bend



Posted on June 29, 2010 at 10:07 AM

NORTH BEND, Wash. -The Washington State Patrol says two people have died in a single car rollover accident on Interstate 90, just east of North Bend. According to troopers, "it was a pure case of someone being too tired to drive."

The accident occurred in the westbound lanes near Milepost 34 just before 7 a.m.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Cliff Pratt said the car, a 2005 Dodge Neon, drifted off to the left shoulder where it hit a bridge abutment and guardrail and "blew apart."

Inside the vehicle were a husband and wife from Tacoma, their 4-year-old son and two friends of the family - a 15-year-old and a 20-year-old. 

Pratt said the 30-year-old husband and 26-year-old wife were killed. Both were in the front seat.

"We're dealing with such a high impact into this bridge abutment, striking this guardrail, that there's really nothing that could have saved them," said Pratt. "I believe they were seatbelted, but this is one of the cases that when you hit so hard that nothing's going to help you out."

According to Pratt, the couple was apparently returning from a camping trip in eastern Washington. Pratt said troopers were told by the teenager in the car the driver fell asleep at the wheel.

"We're not suspecting any type of drugs or alcohol whatsoever," said Pratt. 

The teenager is in serious condition. The 20-year-old is said to be fine. The couple's four-year-old boy seemed to have received only minor injuries.

"He (the four-year-old) was actually strapped into a car seat, which we have at the scene, and it looks to us that that absolutely saved his life," said Pratt.

All three were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment and observation. 

Troopers closed down all westbound lanes during the investigation. Traffic was detoured around the scene.