1 killed, 3 injured in dramatic downtown Seattle crash

1 killed, 3 injured in dramatic downtown Seattle crash
Emergency personnel respond to the crash at 6th Avenue and Union Street in downtown Seattle.
SEATTLE - One person was killed and three others were injured early Saturday in a dramatic high-speed rollover crash in downtown Seattle, officials said.

Officers and medics responded to the scene, at Seventh Avenue and Union Street, at about 3:50 a.m.

A preliminary investigation found that a speeding car, with four people inside, lost control as it exited Interstate 5 onto Union Street.

The car shot down the ramp at high speed and crashed into a concrete wall, causing the car to flip onto its roof.

The car then slid on its top for about a block and a half, colliding with three parked taxi cabs. One of the cabs was occupied, but the driver of that cab was not injured.

When the speeding car finally came to rest it was still on its top. The driver and a rear seat passenger were partially ejected through the door windows. The other rear seat passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Something so horrific. How can this happen? It's just unbelievable," said one witness. "You can't even tell what kind of car it is. It's scary."

The three survivors of the crash were rushed to the hospital. Two of those three have life-threatening injuries, police said.

The ramp from I-5 to Union was closed during an investigation of the crash scene and reopened at about 9 a.m.