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Officials still investigating cause of accident that killed Inglemoor grads

A special major accident team has taken over the investigation into a collision on Interstate 5 early the morning of July 31, an accident that claimed the lives of two Inglemoor High School graduates.

According to information provided by the Washington State Patrol, Matthew Diven and Jordan Swenson, both 23, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident around 2:43 a.m.

Diven was driving a 2002 BMW 745 northbound on I-5 in downtown Seattle near the Mercer Street ramp. Swenson was a passenger in the car. Both were reported as wearing seat belts.

A spokesperson for the State Patrol, Trooper Christina Martin said a witness reported the BMW was driving at a high rate of speed when it collided with a 2005 Accura. Martin said the BMW spun out, crossing several lanes of traffic before slamming into the back of a Seattle Fire Department Medic Unit.

The BMW was listed as totaled in the report released by Martin. The ambulance suffered significant damage, according to the same report. The ambulance driver, 43, was taken to Harborview Medical Center with a possible head injury, Martin said, adding that injury was non-life threatening. Another medic in the ambulance also was taken to Harborview for what were described as minor injuries.

Martin stated the ambulance was empty, not transporting any patients at the time of the collision. State reports say the three occupants of the Accura were not injured.

The state report lists Diven's home city as Brier, while Swenson's home is given as Lynnwood. Neither family could be immediately reached for comment.

Reports say both Swenson and Diven were 2005 Inglemoor graduates.

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