Survivor of head-on crash in Sequim in serious condition

By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News

Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM — Bernard Emmert, 70, of Sequim was listed in serious condition Sunday at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles a day after being involved in a wreck that killed another Sequim resident.

Eric Ambush, 66, had been driving a 1987 Chevy pickup truck on Old Olympic Highway in Sequim at about 9:15 a.m. Saturday when Emmert's 2000 Ford pickup truck veered into Ambush's lane, striking the other truck head-on, according to the Clallam County Sheriff's Office.

Ambush was declared dead at the scene.

Emmert was taken to OMC with injuries requiring surgery, police said.

The wreck happened where the road curves north, about 100 yards from Mantle Road.

The road was shut down for seven hours between Towne and Kendall roads.

An investigation into why Emmert's truck veered into the oncoming lane remains under investigation.

Investigators are looking into a possible medical condition, vehicle condition and other factors that could cause a sudden change in direction.

There were no obvious signs that speed was a factor, and a witness who was following Emmert reported no erratic driving before the wreck, the Sheriff's Office said.

There were no other passengers in either vehicle.

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Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: June 23. 2013 6:22PM
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