Two head-on collisions hurt six in Clallam, Jefferson

By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News

Six people were injured in two unrelated head-on collisions in Clallam and Jefferson counties Saturday and Sunday, resulting in three people taken to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles and three to Jefferson Healthcare hospital in Port Townsend.

The Clallam wreck occurred on U.S. Highway 101 at 3:39 p.m. Saturday, when two cars collided in a turn lane about a mile west of Port Angeles, according to a report by the Washington State Patrol.

Tara C. Price, 27, of Port Angeles was attempting to make a left turn in a 2008 Ford Focus from a private parking lot on the north side of the highway to eastbound Highway 101, Trooper Grant Clark said in a report.

James L. Porter, 63, of Port Angeles was driving westbound on Highway 101 in a 1988 Chevrolet C-15 pickup, with passenger Barbara J. Porter, 72, also of Port Angeles, Clark said.

Price’s car crossed in front of the Porters’ truck to go into the center turn lane, the report said. James Porter then swerved into the center turn lane to avoid the Focus, and both vehicles collided head-on in the turn lane, according to Clark.

All three were treated at Olympic Medical Center and released.

Price was cited for “failure to yield right of way.”

The Focus was listed as totaled and the pickup was having reportable damage.

On Sunday, three people were injured at the intersection of state Highway 20 at Anderson Lake Road at 10:40 a.m., when two cars collided, according to a report by the State Patrol.

Cheri L. Scalf, 54, of Port Townsend was driving a 1993 Ford Ranger eastbound on Highway 20 approaching Anderson Lake Road, about 6 miles south of Port Townsend, according to a report by Trooper Russ Sanders.

Dorothy E. Arey, 73, of Port Townsend was driving a 2002 Honda Accord westbound, with passenger Lee A. Arey, 76, on Highway 20 and was turning left onto Anderson Lake Road, Sanders said.

The cars collided in the eastbound lane of State Highway 20, he said.

All three were treated at Jefferson Healthcare and released.

Arey was cited for “failure to yield right of way.”

Both vehicles had reportable damage and were towed.

Neither drugs nor alcohol were suspected to be a factor in either wreck, according to the State Patrol.

Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at

Last modified: September 30. 2012 6:12PM
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