2 motorcyclists killed in fiery crash in Shoreline

Two motorcyclists were killed in a fiery crash in Shoreline Wednesday night, July 11, 2018. (Photo: KOMO News)

SHORELINE, Wash. - Two motorcyclist were killed in a crash in Shoreline Wednesday night, according to the State Patrol.

Investigators said just before 7:00 p.m. two motorcycles collided with an SUV on State Route 104 at 1st Ave. NE, near Lake Ballinger.

The State Patrol said a group of three motorcyclists was traveling eastbound on SR 104 when two of them struck an SUV that was headed westbound and turning onto 1st Ave. NE. Both motorcycles then burst into flames.

One of the riders was thrown from his motorcycle. He was then hit by a truck. Both motorcyclist died at the scene. The third motorcyclist was able to slow and avoid the crash, according to the State Patrol.

Witnesses told troopers the two motorcycles were speeding, but the State Patrol is still investigating.

"I put my bike in gear and these guys flew by at a high rate of speed, which scared me because they were so loud, three bikes, going through with there throttles just racing," said witness Brent Hozjan.

The State Patrol said one of the riders killed was a 26-year-old man from Shoreline. The other has not yet been identified. No one in the SUV was hurt.

SR 104 was shut down in both directions in that area for about four and a half hourse while troopers investigate and clear the scene.

The closure is impacting at least one King County Metro bus route.

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