Four people were killed and two others injured when a car crashed into a utility box early Saturday morning in Auburn.
Auburn police say a car was heading north in the 3700 block of Auburn Way South about 2 a.m. when it went off the road and hit the utility box. No other vehicles were involved.
Two men and two women — whom police say appear to be in their 20s — died at the scene. Their names were not released Saturday.
Two other men, including one whom police assume was the driver, were taken to Harborview Medical Center with critical injuries.
A small injured dog also was found at the scene, but was later euthanized due to the severity of its injuries.
Auburn police Cmdr. Steve Stocker said it is still unclear what exactly happened because the scene was “pretty messy.”
“I had never seen a car look like that before from an accident,” he said. “It was mangled.”
At the scene, Stocker said, he saw a downed tree that could also have been hit and the utility box that had been severed from its base.
Four people and the dog were found outside the small car and two found inside. At this point, investigators are unsure whether all six people were in the car before the crash, or if some people involved may have been pedestrians.
“If everyone was in the car it would have had to be a situation where people were sitting on laps,” he said. “We can’t know if everyone was inside until we find out if they were all friends or some other connection.”
Stocker said police will have to wait for toxicology reports before knowing whether alcohol or drugs were involved.