Two hospitalized after crash in Mason County left vehicle 'engulfed in flames'


Two people were injured in a fiery car crash in Mason County Wednesday evening.

The incident occurred at about 9 p.m. on U.S. Highway 101 in Kamilche, south of Shelton, according to a Washington State Patrol press memo.

A 20-year-old Shelton man reportedly was driving north at a high speed when his vehicle left the roadway to the right and struck an embankment and trees. His vehicle "then became fully engulfed in flames," the WSP memo says.

First responders transported the driver to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. His passenger, a 22-year-old Shelton man, was transported to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma. The memo says the driver wore a seatbelt but it is unknown if the passenger did as well.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation Thursday. However, troopers suspect drugs or alcohol may have been involved.

The driver's vehicle, a gray 2010 Infiniti G37 sedan, was totaled in the crash, the memo says.


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