Cars burst into flames after tree hits State Patrol vehicle on Highway 101
Washington State Patrol
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.
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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