Snohomish county troopers on scene of a two car collision southbound on I-5 in Everett, just south of 41st Street, early on Saturday. (Washington State Patrol)

Snohomish county troopers on scene of a two car collision southbound on I-5 in Everett, just south of 41st Street, early on Saturday. (Washington State Patrol)

2 dead in wrong-way crash on I-5 in Everett on Saturday

An Everett man, 22, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular homicide.

EVERETT — Two people died in a suspected DUI crash on I-5 in Everett early Saturday after their vehicle was hit head-on by another car driving northbound in the southbound lanes, according to Washington State Patrol.

The victims were identified as Lynnwood residents Wilfrido Sarmiento, a 67-year-old man, and Mila Sarmiento, a 65-year-old woman, State Patrol said in a Saturday morning news release.

The two were headed southbound on I-5, just south of 41st Street, in a Volkswagen Beetle at about 1 a.m. when a northbound sedan slammed into them, the news release says. Both of them died at the site of the crash.

The other driver, a 22-year-old Everett man, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular homicide, according to State Patrol. He was also injured and taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett for treatment.

Both vehicles were totaled, according to the news release. The two people who died were each wearing a seatbelt. Authorities don’t know whether the Everett man was buckled in, the news release says.

Several minutes before the crash, authorities received a report of a vehicle driving northbound onto the southbound I-5 entrance from 128th Street, said Trooper Kelsey Harding, a spokeswoman for State Patrol.

All but one of the southbound lanes of I-5 were closed at the crash site for several hours as troopers investigated the collision, Harding said.

The southbound side of the interstate was fully reopened at about 6:25 a.m.

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