Cars burst into flames after tree hits State Patrol vehicle on Highway 101
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In this photo provided by the Washington State Patrol, a car is shown burning in southwest Washington after it and a Washington State Patrol car (not visible) were struck by a tree carried by a mudslide on Highway 101 near Naselle. Both drivers were able to escape their vehicles.

NASELLE — A Washington State Patrol trooper had stopped at a mudslide on U.S. Highway 101 near Naselle when the mudslide carried a tree into the trooper’s car.

Then patrol car was hit by another car and both cars and the tree burned.

Trooper Russ Winger says it was the worst of several weather-related incidents on the Washington coast in Monday’s wind and rain storm.

Winger says the trooper is not injured, and the driver of the other car is OK, with a sore neck.

The Washington Transportation Department says Highway 101 was closed in five places between the Columbia River and Raymond by downed trees or accidents. [No closures or problems were reported on U.S. 101 on the North Olympic Peninsula.]

A semi-truck tipped on the Astoria-Megler bridge across the Columbia. Another semi blew on its side on the Chehalis River bridge in Aberdeen.

Last modified: November 19. 2012 2:40PM
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