On Thursday, July 12, at approximately 9:56 p.m. Clallam County Deputies and Clallam Bay Fire\Medical responded to area near the 1.5 mile marker of the Hoko-Ozette Road for a single vehicle accident.
First responders located a single vehicle in the ditch with extensive front end damage. Two occupants from the vehicle were located outside the vehicle and three other occupants including the driver were entrapped inside the vehicle.
One occupant was unconscious in the vehicle when the initial deputy arrived on scene and the driver was pinned between the steering wheel and driver’s seat. Clallam Bay Fire Department used tools to extricate the three occupants from the vehicle.
All five occupants sustained injuries and were transported to the Forks Hospital.
The vehicle appeared to have been traveling northbound on Hoko-Ozette Rd toward Highway 112 when the driver failed to negotiate a turn. The vehicle crossed the centerline of the road, left the roadway and collided with a tree stump causing the vehicle to spin into the ditch.
The driver of the vehicle, a 19 year old female, will be flown to Harborview Hospital due to the extent of her injuries. One male passenger will be ground transported to Port Angeles Olympic Medical Center.
Alcohol and excessive speed are believed to have been factors in the accident and it is believed only one occupant was wearing a seat belt. The ages of the occupants range from 16 to 21 years of age.
The accident is currently under investigation by the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office and their Accident Reconstructionist Technicians.