Motorcyclist, rider injured in U.S. 2 accident

INDEX – A passenger on a motorcycle was thrown off the vehicle after it collided with the back of a car about 3:45 p.m. Sunday and then was struck by a van traveling in the opposite direction on busy U.S. 2, the Washington State Patrol reported.

The woman was identified as Timothyne M. Knudson, 47, of Gold Bar. She was taken by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Her condition was not immediately known.

The motorcycle’s driver, Daniel R. Knudson Jr., of Gold Bar, also was injured. Medics took him to Valley General Hospital in Monroe.

A Seattle man had been driving a 2006 BMW westbound on U.S. 2 near Index when he stopped for traffic, troopers said. The motorcycle, a 2004 Kawasaki, plowed into the BMW.

Timothyne Knudson was struck by the eastbound van, which was driven by a Skykomish man, troopers said.

Brier: House damaged in bedroom fire

A fire in a bedroom caused more than $75,000 damage to home east of Brier about 4 p.m. Sunday, Snohomish County Fire District 1 said.

The fire, in the 2000 block of 211th Place SW, was in a single-story home with a daylight basement.

“One of the homeowners and a guest were in the basement when they heard a loud noise upstairs. They went to investigate and discovered the main floor of the home was filled with smoke,” said Leslie Hynes, fire district spokeswoman.

The two men got out of the house safely and called 911. Nobody else was home at the time of the fire, and nobody was injured.

Flames were visible from the back of the house when firefighters arrived. Crews from Fire District 1 and Lynnwood Fire Department responded to the call and quickly brought the fire under control.

“They were able to keep the fire from spreading out of the back bedroom where it started,” Hynes said.

The fire probably was started by an electrical short in a cord to a power strip, an investigator for the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office determined, according to Hynes.

The fire left the house uninhabitable. The occupants have insurance and a place to stay, Hynes said.

From Herald staff reports

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