SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Washington State Patrol troopers are investigating two crashes which killed one Good Samaritan and injured two others Saturday night.
The first crash happened at 5:21 p.m. on State Route 530 near Arlington.
WSP spokesman Sgt. Mark Francis says a pickup truck initially hit a guardrail on 530.
Other drivers stopped, including 46-year-old Trina Morgan. Francis says Morgan went to the truck and pulled out a 9-year-old girl and began carrying her away from the truck with her back to oncoming traffic. Morgan was then hit by a car.
Francis says Morgan died at the scene. The girl suffered minor injuries.
The driver who hit Morgan and the girl was not impaired, and no charges have been filed, according to WSP.
The second crash happened at 5:38 p.m., on westbound Highway 2 just outside of Snohomish.
WSP Tropper Keith Leary said a 2006 Dodge pickup truck lost a tire and ended up sideways in the westbound lane.
Upon seeing the accident, two Good Samaritans pulled over. Leary said when they left their car a third vehicle traveling in the opposite direction hit the pickup which then struck the Good Samaritans coming to help.
Those people were then thrown into another vehicle.
29-year-old Kyle Diggs and 32-year-old Jessica Bart-Greenough were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
The driver who hit them, 79-year-old Melvin Vannieuwenhuise was also injured and transported to Providence Hospital.
The driver of the pickup truck was also injured but refused treatment, said Leary.
Trooper Leary said both incidents are a good reminder if you see an accident don’t get out of your car. Just call 911.
Leary said authorities carry reflective gear and other protections, so other drivers see them.
"We appreciate everybody and their willingness to help but as we see in this situation right here -- now we have two folks involved who weren't originally involved," Leary said. "It's not at fault of their own. They were trying to help."