By Paul Gottlieb / Peninsula Daily News
PORT ANGELES — A 14-year-old teenage boy was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center early this morning after emergency personnel cut him out of a vehicle involved in a collision with a light post east of Port Angeles, Clallam County Fire District No. 2 spokesman Dan Huff said this morning.
His 4-year-old brother also was airlifted to Harborview, State Patrol spokesman Russ Winger said.
The 4-year-old appeared to have minor injuries, according to Huff.
The boys’ condition was unavailable this morning.
Their father was transported to Olympic Medical Center with what appeared to be minor injuries, Huff said.
The minivan in which the teenager, Ethan Hutchins of Port Angeles, was a front-seat passenger and which his father, Darrell Hutchins, 31, of Port Angeles, was driving at about 4 a.m. smashed into the pole at the corner of Mount Pleasant Road and U.S. Highway 101.
The 4-year-old, Andrew Hutchins, was in the back seat in a car seat, Huff said.
Darrell Hutchins and Ethan Hutchins were wearing seat belts, Winter said.
The teenager was unconscious when he was extricated by emergency personnel wielding jaws-of-life apparatus who spent about 20 minutes cutting open the door and roof of the vehicle to reach him, Huff said.
The identities of the victims were unavailable.
The driver was traveling westbound on Highway 101 when he crossed the highway, travelled into the eastbound lane, and hit the pole at the Mount Pleasant Road intersection, Huff said.
Huff said the man told officers that he was returning to Port Angeles from a trip to the Kennewick area when he may have fallen asleep.
The man told officers he was a block from home.
The Washington State Patrol is investigating the collision, Huff said.
A State Patrol spokesman did not return a call for comment this morning.