UPDATE: Passengers remain in hospital following collision Monday

Injuries of the five occupants of an SUV range from minor to critical.

Shortly after 3 p.m. Monday, the King County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a collision in Covington near 165th Place and Covington Way.

It was originally reported three vehicles were involved. According to Sgt. Ryan Abbott, media relations for the Sheriff’s Office, Tuesday morning it was not confirmed if more than two vehicles were involved.

Abbott said it is believed an SUV caused the accident after hitting a Kent School District bus.

The SUV had five occupants, three of which remain in area hospitals.

The driver is in extremely critical condition with a head injury and remains at Harborview Medical Center, Abbott said.

The front passenger has been upgraded from critical to stable condition.

The back three passengers, all of which attempted to flee the scene, suffered injuries.

Abbott said two of them were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries. He added, they can not confirm at this time if they have been released.

The third back passenger was transported to a local hospital with a head injury. He remains in critical condition.

Abbott stated the rear passenger in critical condition was in possession of a stolen fire arm. Abbott added, he is a convicted felon.

He said this passenger will be charged with additional felony charges and last he checked, deputies were guarding his hospital room.

When the three passengers of the SUV fled on foot, Abbott said they didn’t make it far. He said they split up but were caught by officers.

The school bus was carrying 28 passengers, Abbott said.

Seven of those passengers suffered minor injuries, though none were transported.

More information will be added when it becomes available.

Below is the original post from Monday afternoon:

At 3:17 p.m. the King County Sheriff’s Office tweeted regarding a three vehicle collision in Covington near 165th Place and Covington Way.

The collision included a school bus. The school district the bus is from has not been reported yet.

The tweet stated “kids on bus have minor injuries, 1 vehicle at least two patients critical.”

“The other vehicle 3 people fled but were captured,” the tweet continued.

Roads will be closed for investigation, according to the Sheriff’s Office tweet.

The PIO was in route to the scene at the time of the tweet.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.