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Landon M. Staley, 16, Travin K. Nelson-Phongphiou, 16, and Mikayla Sorenson, 15, dead, 15-year-old girl injured after van drives under parked semi trailer on Alderwood Mall Parkway in Lynnwood, Washington

Modified Date: 
Fri, 01/26/2018 - 3:03pm
Accident Date: 
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

3 killed, 1 hurt after van drives under parked semi trailer in Lynnwood

Police said there were no witnesses to the crash that happened at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Video from the scene shows fire crews lifting the semi trailer off of the van.  

3 killed in early morning crash near Alderwood Mall

A preliminary investigation found that the car was traveling north on Alderwood Mall Parkway when it crashed into a semi tractor-trailer that was parked on the side of the road.

The car hit the semi with such force that it became wedged beneath the trailer with its top crumpled and sheared off.

Official: Parked semi-trailer in fatal crash faced wrong direction

Shari Ireton, a spokesperson for the Snohomish County Sheriff's Department, initially said the semi-trailer was parked legally alongside the road. The area where the crash occurred is a stretch of road where drivers regularly park their trucks and tractor-trailers and either leave them unattended or sleep in them. Later in the day, she said, "However, the trailer was not parked in the correct direction, as the front of the trailer was facing the direction by oncoming traffic. This is a civil parking infraction."

3 Killed In Crash With Semi Were High School Students

The three people killed after their SUV slid under a parked semi early Wednesday morning were all high school students in the Everett School District, according to reports. All three who died attended Henry M. Jackson High School in Everett. A fourth person, a 15-year-old girl, survived the crash and is a student at Cascade High School in Everett.

3 teens killed in Lynnwood crash identified

The victims are Landon M. Staley, 16; of Everett; Travin K. Nelson-Phongphiou, 16, of Everett; and Mikayla Sorenson, 15, of Bothell. 

Grandparents cherish crash victim's last words to them: 'I love you'

Travin is remembered as a class clown, the baby brother of three sisters. He was planning to spend the following night with his grandparents, but that night never came.

Washington Mom Says Teen Sneaked Out of House Before Triple-Fatal Crash

Landon, who got his driver's license only two months ago, sneaked out of his family's apartment on the night of the crash to drive around with some friends, his mother said.   

Pot, speeding, inexperience were factors in Lynnwood crash that killed 3 teens

On Friday, the six-month anniversary of the July 26 crash, the Sheriff’s Office released detectives’ findings, detailing the factors that contributed to the deaths of the three teenagers who were students at Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek. 

People Involved: 
Landon M. Staley
Travin K. Nelson-Phongphiou
Mikayla Sorenson


This trailer was parked facing the wrong direction.   Had this trailer been parked with the trailer doors facing south the car would not have had the top sheared off and we would have 4 injured people rather than 3 dead as I am guessing there was extreme head trama or decapitation.    

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