Driver airlifted to Seattle hospital after Port Angeles wreck

PORT ANGELES — A woman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle following a rear-end collision near the Baker Street section of U.S. Highway 101 just east of South Del Guzzi Drive, according to the Port Angeles Police Department and Washington State Patrol.

A pickup truck was traveling westbound at the 40 mph speed limit at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday when it was struck from behind by a sedan, Trooper Katherine Weatherwax wrote in a Wednesday email.

The sedan driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was airlifted to Harborview, Weatherwax said. The woman allegedly was in possession of methamphetamine and fentanyl, and vehicular assault charges were pending, Weatherwax said.

The pickup truck driver, an 88-year-old man, suffered a broken nose and neck injury, Weatherwax said.

One lane of westbound Highway 101 was closed until after noon, resulting in what the Port Angeles Police Department described as significant traffic disruption.

After the investigation is complete, the case will be referred to the Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney for potential charges, the police department said.

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