Woman seriously injured in U.S. 2 crash

MONROE — A woman from Eastern Washington suffered critical injuries Tuesday morning after the third serious accident on U.S. 2 in Snohomish County in less than a week.

The latest crash was reported around 9 a.m. Tuesday and occurred after an eastbound Honda Accord drove into the trailer of a dump truck that was merging from Fern Bluff Road onto the highway, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The trailer was fully loaded with sand or gravel, trooper Keith Leary said.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

“We aren’t going to make a conclusion yet,” Leary said. “We just don’t know.”

Both directions of U.S. 2 near Fern Bluff Road were closed for more than two hours.

The injured woman, 56, was a passenger in the car. She was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where she was listed in critical condition Tuesday afternoon.

The driver, 22, and another passenger, 19, were taken by ambulance to Valley General Hospital in Monroe. They had non life-threatening injuries.

All three were listed by the State Patrol as living in Malott, a small unincorporated community in Okanogan County in Eastern Washington.

Troopers said the truck was southbound on Fern Bluff Road and was making a left turn onto eastbound U.S. 2. The Kenworth dump truck and trailer were driven by a Monroe man, 37.

The Honda was unable to stop in time and struck the trailer in an eastbound lane, a State Patrol memo said.

Last week, there were two fatal accidents on U.S. 2 in Snohomish County.

Wayne McKenzie, 65, of Wenatchee, died near Index after a three-car crash on Friday. He was driving a van on a curvy stretch near Eagle Falls Creek when he crossed the center line, according to the State Patrol. He was taken by ambulance to the Gold Bar Fire Station, where a helicopter was waiting to fly him to Harborview. He died at the fire station.

On Thursday, a man driving a stolen car died and a man and his son were injured in a head-on collision on U.S. 2 near Snohomish west of 88th Street SE.

Statewide, there have been 57 fewer fatalities on Washington’s roads and highways in 2012 compared with the same period a year ago. There were 327 through Sept. 10 last year compared to 270 in 2011.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, stevick@heraldnet.com

More in Local News

Second teen charged after $1 million in school vandalism

Two teens now face felony charges for damage at two schools in Darrington last summer.

This dental office devoted a day to free care for veterans

All Smiles Northwest in Everett was among businesses observing Freedom Day USA.

A potentially transformative council election in Snohomish

As the city adopts a new form of government, many new faces are seeking office.

Majority of Marysville City Council seats are contested

The most closely watched race is between Mark James and Donna Wright.

1 shot dead, another wounded in apparent Everett robbery

There are indications the victims might have known the shooter, who apparently fled in a vehicle.

Mill Creek hires Gina Hortillosa as public works director

Hortillosa will be responsible for creating strategic infrastructure plans to promote economic growth.

Inclusion super important to Monroe High senior

Sarah Reeves worked to make homecoming more representative of the student population.

500 tires go up in flames at a store south of Everett

There were no injuries. And it was nowhere near as bad as that months-long tire fire in 1984.

Most Read