Poulsbo man killed after collision with truck

A Poulsbo man died last week after his car reportedly crossed the centerline on state Highway 104 near Port Townsend and collided with a dump truck driven by a Port Angeles man.

Craig Welcher, 52, of Port Angeles was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was in satisfactory condition, a Harborview spokesperson said.

Bruce Nelson, 75, of Poulsbo was driving a Chevolet Malibu eastbound on Highway 104 about a half mile before the U.S. Highway 101 interchange when the collision occurred at about 10:18 a.m., according to a State Patrol report.

Welcher was towing a trailer full of sand, officials said.

A third vehicle, a Toyota Rav4, was struck by debris from the collision, and while the driver and passenger were wearing seat belts and uninjured, the vehicle had reportable damage, the patrol report said.

Both Nelson’s car, and Welcher’s dump truck and trailer, were destroyed in the collision, the State Patrol said.

Welcher had been wearing a seat belt. It is unknown if Nelson was wearing one, the report said.

The road was blocked for about eight hours.

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