Lacey woman killed when vehicle plunges down embankment in Thurston County

LACEY, Wash. — A Lacey woman in her 80s died Sunday afternoon when the vehicle she was riding in plunged down an embankment in east Thurston County, according to Washington State Patrol.

She was identified by the State Patrol as Paula A. Andrus, 83.

The male driver, 81, was injured and taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia.

About 2:15 p.m. Sunday, the Lacey residents were headed west on state Route 510 in a 1999 Dodge Ram pickup, approaching the roundabout at Meridian Road Southeast.

Troopers say the driver failed to negotiate the roundabout, drove off the road and down a 400-foot embankment where the vehicle came to a stop.

The woman died at the scene. The wreck is under investigation.