GRANITE FALLS — One man was killed Wednesday in a collision between a sedan and a Community Transit bus on Highway 92.
Washington State Patrol trooper Lance Ramsay said there indications alcohol was involved in the accident, which happened about 6:30 p.m. after an earlier minor accident involving a station wagon and a tow truck on Highway 92 near Granite Falls.
That accident partially blocked the highway. Afterward, witnesses on hand were trying to direct traffic.
The witnesses reported that a westbound Ford Focus sedan with a driver and three passengers clipped the station wagon and spun out of control. Witnesses said the Community Transit bus driver had almost brought his bus to a stop when the Focus struck the bus head-on.
The car flipped, trapping a passenger, who died at the scene.
Two people in the car were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. One was transported by aid car. There were no passengers on the bus at the time of the accident. The driver of the station wagon from the initial accident was transported by aid car to an Everett hospital.
The bus driver was badly shaken by the accident but had only minor injuries.
After waiting at the scene to give a statement to investigators, the bus driver was taken for a medical examination and a routine drug and alcohol test. Community Transit drivers are tested after any accident, Community Transit spokeswoman Kristin Kinnamon said.