Two motorcyclists killed in head-on crash near Brinnon

BRINNON — Two motorcyclists were killed Saturday when they collided head-on on U.S. Highway 101 south of Brinnon, the State Patrol said.

Charles E. Manley, 71, of Olympia, was traveling northbound on Highway 101 and Gary K. Francis, 65, of Puyallup, was southbound on the highway as both approached Fulton Creek Road at 11:57 a.m., the State Patrol said.

Manley, riding a Harley Davidson, failed to negotiate a curve, crossed the centerline and collided with Francis’ Honda GL 1800 in the southbound lane.

Both men were ejected from their motorcycles.

“Despite life-saving efforts, both tragically succumbed to their injuries,” Trooper Chelsea Hodgson tweeted.

Each of the men was traveling alone. Both were wearing helmets.

The highway was fully blocked for nearly four hours. The state Department of Transportation said that the highway was blocked beginning at 12:32 p.m. and was reopened at 4:15 p.m.

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