SHELTON, Wash. — A crash involving “multiple fatalities and serious injuries” blocked US 101 near Shelton on Wednesday, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The crash happened at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The crash involved a dump truck and two passenger vehicles on US 101 near Wallace Boulevard. Both directions of the highway were blocked for more than 6 hours.
The driver of a Mazda heading south crossed the center line and hit the driver’s side door of a dump truck heading north. The dump truck spun, tipped over onto its passenger side, and hit a Toyota heading southbound, according to a report from WSP.
The driver of the Mazda, a 66-year-old Shelton man, was believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. Charges are pending.
That man’s passenger, a 69-year-old woman, was not hurt.
The driver of the dump truck — a 58-year-old Olympia man — and the driver of the Toyota — a 66-year-old Shelton woman — died at the scene.
*** TRAFFIC ALERT *** NB 101 closed at Shelton Matlock Road , SB 101 Closed at Wallace Kneeland to a 3 vehicle collision and commercial truck rollover. WSP, DOT and Fire have the scene. Please check with WSP and DOT Twitter for updates if we haven't posted any for a bit. - 1V102 pic.twitter.com/JdCw9kH72M— Mason County Sheriff (@MasonCoSheriff) September 7, 2022
“Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragic incident,” Trooper Katherine Weatherwax said in a tweet.
Video from Chopper 7 showed a mangled dump truck and an SUV at the scene. The front ends of both vehicles were reduced to crumpled metal.
Numerous vehicles lined the highway, including two fire trucks and a large tow truck.
🚨#MasonCounty: Troopers are investigating a collision involving a dump truck on SR 101 at Wallace BLVD MP 345.— Trooper Katherine Weatherwax (@wspd8pio) September 7, 2022
Please use alternate routes as the roadway will be blocked in both directions for an extended period of time.
WSP announced that the highway had reopened with a lane shift for a tow truck at 2:15 p.m.
The roadway is now open with a lane shift for a tow truck. Traffic will be slow throughout the area. Please use caution.— Trooper Katherine Weatherwax (@wspd8pio) September 7, 2022
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