Fatal car fire stops traffic on Rainier Avenue North
By TRACEY COMPTON
Renton Reporter Staff writer
July 14, 2011 · Updated 6:51 PM
A fatal car accident stopped traffic north of Airport Way on Rainier Avenue North in Renton Thursday afternoon.
At about 3:45 p.m., Renton police and fire crews were sent to the 400 block of Rainier Avenue North in response to a single vehicle collision. They found a vehicle had left the road and struck a tree. When police arrived the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames and the driver, a male who has yet to be identified, was deceased.
A bystander suffered burn injuries during an rescue attempt to pull the victim from the vehicle and was transported to a local hospital by fire department units.
Renton police are still investigating and have some idea that speed may have been a factor in the accident.
Rainier Avenue North was closed to traffic in both directions from South 115th Street to Airport Way. The closure will last into Thursday evening.
Contact Renton Reporter Staff writer Tracey Compton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-255-3484, ext. 5052.