Wreck shuts down US 101 south of Brinnon for five hours

BRINNON — A semitrailer driver accused of falling asleep at the wheel before running off the roadway south of Brinnon on Monday evening will be charged with second-degree negligent driving, according to a State Patrol press release.

Peter K. Nganga, 39, of Olympia was injured and taken to Jefferson Healthcare in Port Townsend. His condition was not available on Tuesday.

The wreck closed U.S. Highway 101 for almost five hours.

Nganga was southbound on Highway 101 at milepost 309 south of Brinnon at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, the release said.

The vehicle entered a slight left-hand curve and left the roadway to the right into the southbound ditch, troopers said.

Nganga overcorrected to the left, veered across both lanes and traveled into the northbound ditch, striking several large trees and a power line, according to the release.

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Reporter Brian Gawley can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at brian.gawley@sound publishing.com.

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