THURSTON COUNTY, WA — Two young men were seriously injured Wednesday evening when their car crashed into a tree and caught fire on U.S. Highway 101 near Olympia, according to The Olympian.
The accident took place on a stretch of US-101 approaching the state Route 8 interchange near Madrona Beach.
An 18-year-old Shelton man was at the wheel of the car when the vehicle started to veer into the left lane of the freeway. The man overcorrected while trying to get back back into the right lane and caused the car to travel off the right shoulder, where it fell 30 feet down an embankment and rammed into a tree.
Witnesses saw smoke emitting from the wrecked vehicle. By the time police responded to the scene, the car was covered in flames with the driver and a passenger inside.
The passenger, a 21-year-old man, was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital with broken ribs. The driver was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with severe injuries, including extensive burns.
An investigation found the driver was impaired at the time of the crash and may be facing charges that include vehicular assault.
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