A head-on collision on Highway 101 three miles north of Hoquiam on Thursday evening sent five people to the hospital, including two who were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, according to a State Patrol release issued late Thursday night.
According to the release, a 1998 Dodge Durango was traveling northbound shortly before 7 p.m. when its 75-year-old Copalis Beach driver crossed the center line and struck a 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup head-on. The driver of the pickup, a 34-year-old Chehalis man, and the other driver were airlifted to Harborview.
There were three passengers in the pickup: a 24-year-old man from Morton, a 35-year-old man from Curtis and a 30-year-old man from Chehalis. All were taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital with undisclosed injuries.
Both vehicles were totaled. Investigators do not believe drugs or alcohol were factors. The highway was closed for five hours during the investigation, which is ongoing.