SEQUIM — Four people escaped a rollover wreck on U.S. Highway 101 near Old Gardiner Road east of Sequim after the rental car they were in rolled into a ditch and caught fire.
The wreck was reported at about 3:20 p.m. Sunday and the highway was still blocked at about 4:20 p.m., said Assistant Chief Tony Hudson of Clallam County Fire District No. 3. The wreck was cleared by 5:06 p.m.
State Patrol Trooper Chelsea Hodgson said in a tweet that the family was visiting from France. The wreck happened when the driver fell asleep and drove onto the shoulder, she said.
An off-duty Lakewood police officer and his wife, a nurse, helped extricate the family from the vehicle.
Hudson said the four people inside had escaped with minor injuries. He was not aware of anyone being transported to a hospital.
The rollover vehicle fire on SR 101 at MP 277 involved a rental car. The fire is out, but the road is still closed off while the scene is cleaned up and the car is towed out of the ditch. pic.twitter.com/DUbIteGVjv
— Trooper Chelsea Hodgson (@wspd8pio) July 8, 2018
Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at [email protected].