U.S. Highway 101 closed for almost 3 hours after wreck

U.S. Highway 101 closed for almost 3 hours after wreck

The driver of a Ford Explorer has been airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

LAKE CRESCENT — The driver of a Ford Explorer has been airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle following a 7 a.m. wreck Saturday on U.S. Highway 101 along Lake Crescent.

Clallam Fire District No. 2 Chief Sam Phillips said the Explorer collided head-on with a white box truck at about 7 a.m. Saturday near milepost 230, about one mile east of Lake Crescent Lodge.

Phillips said the roadway was closed at 7:30 a.m. and was expected to reopen at 9:45 a.m. U.S. 101 traffic was rerouted to state Route 112 and Route 113 while the highway was closed along Lake Crescent.

District No. 2 took an hour and 15 minutes to extricate the driver of the Ford Explorer, said Phillips.

The driver was transported to Lake Crescent Lodge, where personnel from Beaver Fire Department had set up a landing zone for the Life Flight helicopter.

The Joyce Fire Department, Clallam Sheriff’s Office and Olympic National Park also responded, said Phillips.

No other injuries were reported.

The identity and status of the vehicle drivers are still unknown; District No. 2 does not release the names of wreck victims.

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