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‘Multiple fatalities, serious injuries’ in highway crash on US 101 near Shelton

Sep 7, 2022, 11:02 AM

Image: Multiple Washington State Patrol vehicles can be seen on a Washington road. (Photo courtesy ...

Multiple Washington State Patrol vehicles can be seen on a Washington road. (Photo courtesy of Washington State Patrol)

(Photo courtesy of Washington State Patrol)

 A crash involving “multiple fatalities and serious injuries” has blocked U.S. Route 101 near Shelton, according to the Washington State Patrol, with troopers saying a suspected DUI driver has caused a deadly crash.

Trooper Katherine Weatherwax says a driver on U.S. 101 in Shelton crossed the center line and crashed into a dump truck.

Two people have died and two more were seriously injured, and investigators say the driver who caused the crash was one of the people who were seriously injured.

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WSP stated the collision involved a dump truck and multiple cars on U.S. 101 near Wallace Boulevard. Both directions of the highway are blocked.

All southbound traffic is being detoured onto Wallace-Kneeland Boulevard. All northbound traffic is being redirected onto Shelton-Matlock Road.

“Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragic incident,” Trooper Katherine Weatherwax said in a tweet.

A half-mile stretch of U.S. 101 is expected to be closed for several hours during the investigation, and officials are advising commuters to find a different route.

This is the second deadly crash in as many days that is suspected to be caused by an impaired driver, after a passenger car collided with two semi-trucks and another passenger car on I-5 yesterday.

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