A 68-year-old man is dead after a head-on collision on Preston-Fall City Road, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. Three others were injured days later in an accident on the same road.
The first accident happened at about 10:42 a.m. Oct. 16 and involved a Lexus and a red pickup truck, said Sgt. Ryan Abbott of the sheriff’s office.
The deceased male was behind the wheel of a Lexus and died at the scene. The other driver involved in the crash was transported to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.
The road at the scene remained closed for hours as investigators were on scene. They reopened at about 2:15 p.m. The investigation remains ongoing.
Four days later, on Oct. 20, another head-on collision happened — less than a mile away on the same road.
A full-sized Dodge truck and a Ford Crown Victoria collided at about 10:22 a.m. When emergency responders arrived, they found two people trapped in vehicles and a third laying in the road, said Lt. Patrick LeDoux of Fall City Fire.
LeDoux said the collision happened at the intersection of 328th Way Southeast and Preston-Fall City Road. And little was known of the cause of the accident.
“Because of the serious injuries, we were not able to get details of who was coming from where,” LeDoux said. “As far as we were concerned, the most important thing was to get them to the hospital.”
With the help of the Snoqualmie Fire Department and Eastside Fire and Rescue, Fall City Fire was able to extricate accident victims within 20 minutes.
The male and female riding in the Crown Victoria were seriously injured and transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The female driver of the Dodge had non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Overlake Medical Center. All three victims were adults.
LeDoux said it was hard to say if the road factored into the two accidents, given the current lack of clarity on the accident’s cause. A King County traffic investigation team is examining the cause of the crash.