Two people died over the weekend following an accident involving a snowplow. The accident occurred in Grays Harbor County just 12 miles west from the city of Montesano. Two other people were injured in the accident.
The accident is reported to have taken place early Sunday morning shortly before 3 a.m. Washington State Patrol said the State Department of Transportation snowplow was attempting to make a U-turn when a 1991 Acura Integra smashed into the snowplow. Traffic along State Route 12 was snarled for several hours following the accident.
The driver of the Acura, Michael William Crow, 36, and another passenger, Michelle Ann Sorensen, 38, were killed in the accident. The two other Integra passengers, a 29-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man, were transported to Harborview Medical Center and Tacoma General Hospital, respectively. Police said all of the victims resided in Aberdeen, Washington. The driver of the snowplow, a 50-year-old Montesano man, is reported to be uninjured.
“We do know it appears from the outside anyway he was in the right lane of the two lanes and was slowing down,” said Trooper Randy Hullinger. “The truck was applying salt and sand, so it was either freezing or they were anticipating it to freeze.”
The exact cause of the accident is currently being investigated. State Patrol do not believe any of the occupants of the Integra were wearing seat belts.