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2 killed as car crashes, bursts into flames along East Valley Hwy.

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KENT, Wash. - Two people were killed when a car crashed near a tree and burst into flames Wednesday morning in Kent, officials said.

Deputies and firefighters responded to the scene, in the 26800 block of East Valley Highway, at about 6 a.m. after receiving reports of a serious crash and fire.

The vehicle and a nearby tree were engulfed in flames when first responders arrived. Both occupants of the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.

Firefighters brought the flames under control.

A King County sheriff's official said the car veered off the roadway, down an embankment, and then burst into flames after clipping a tree. All four tires were ripped off the vehicle, indicating that it probably rolled over more than once in the crash, officials said.

The southbound lanes of East Valley Highway are closed at the scene. One northbound lane remains open for traffic.

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This is a developing news story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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