Wrong-way driver arrested in fatal Thurston County crash

Wrong-way driver arrested in fatal Thurston County crash
(Washington State Patrol)

THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. — A man was arrested after troopers say he drove the wrong way on US 101 in Thurston County, causing a fatal crash.

It happened in the southbound lanes at 5:09 a.m. Friday at Shaker Church Road northwest of Olympia. A man driving a Nissan pickup in the wrong direction collided with another vehicle.

One person died at the scene. Their name has not been released.

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The wrong-way driver, a 53-year-old Gig Harbor man, was arrested for investigation of vehicular homicide. Troopers said drugs are suspected to be a factor in the crash.

The southbound lanes were closed at Shaker Church Road while troopers investigated, but the crash has since been cleared.