SEATTLE — A Port Angeles man who was injured in a fatal wreck south of Brinnon on Thursday has been discharged from Harborview Medical Center.
Delbert E. Houk, 47, was airlifted to the Seattle hospital after the dump truck he was driving collided with a pickup driven by Ronald J. Casey of Olympia on U.S. Highway 101 just south of the Jefferson-Mason county line, according to the State Patrol.
Casey was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 61.
Houk was listed in satisfactory condition at Harborview late Friday afternoon before he was discharged, according to hospital personnel.
The State Patrol said Houk was driving southbound in 2006 Kenworth dump truck with a 2005 Beall dump trailer when he went into a ditch, re-entered the roadway, crossed the center line and struck the driver’s side of the 2014 Dodge Ram that Casey was driving.
The dump truck rolled onto its side and spilled a load of sludge from a pulp mill, according to a collision memo.
The crash occurred at milepost 315 near Triton Heights Road at about 7:47 a.m. Thursday, troopers said.
The highway was closed for 7 hours, 47 minutes as the State Patrol investigated the collision and crews worked to the removed the sludge from the road.
Drugs or alcohol were not suspected as being factors in the wreck. Houk and Casey were each wearing seat belts, troopers said.
The State Patrol said charges are pending.