A news helicopter crashed Tuesday morning near the Space Needle in Seattle.
Both people inside the chopper were killed, and another person in a vehicle on the ground was critically injured.
The injured man, 37, extricated himself from one of three vehicles that caught fire.
He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition with burns over 50 percent of his body.
A woman inside a second car was not injured; a man inside a third vehicle -- a pickup truck -- had left the scene and was being sought by authorities.
Arriving firefighters found lines of blazing fuel in the street and thick, black smoke covering the area, with wreckage strewn across the lawn along with wreckage across the street.
Authorities didn't know what led to the crash, but it did not appear that any buildings were struck by the leased helicopter, which was destroyed.
The incident occurred around 7:40 a.m., more than two hours before the Space Needle was to open but at a time when the area was abuzz with commuters en route to work.
CNN affiliate KOMO said the helicopter crashed near its offices. It was used by CNN affiliates KOMO and KING, according to KING's website.
Rich Marriott, a meteorologist for KING, said weather did not appear to have contributed to the crash -- visibility was clear and winds were calm, he said.
Representatives of the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were expected to help investigate the crash.
Amanda Valdes photo
Police say two adult males were stabbed just before 2 a.m. Saturday in the 600 block of East Tunnell Street in the City of Santa Maria.
Thousands of fans showed up in downtown Santa Barbara Thursday night to catch a glimpse of Johnny Depp who received the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Maltin Modern Master Award.
Source: SLO Police Department
Anthony Stevens accused of trying to hire undercover cop as hitman.
Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo are the recipients of the 2016 American Riviera Award.
Source: Santa Barbara Co. Police Dept.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is investigating a bank robbery that occurred at the Buellton Rabobank Friday afternoon.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department announced that inmate Duanying Chen was released directly to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.
Cameron Artis-Payne is a rookie with the Panthers
Johnson Family Dental hosted its 12th annual Dentistry of Love event on Saturday.
Oscar Flores photo
Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams sat together on-stage at the Arlington Theater for a 2-hour tribute to their body of work before being awarded with the SBIFF's American Riviera Award.
Johnny Depp was honored with the Maltin Modern Master Award at the 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Renowned film critic Leonard Maltin returned this year to moderate the event at a packed Arlington Theater.
No email address was supplied by
To complete your registration on this site, please supply an address.
Please confirm or modify the email address to which you will have subscription offers sent.
For a more personalized experience, please supply the following optional information.