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Two teens critical after head-on crash

Post by Mike Archbold on Sep. 29, 2009 at 11:21 am |
September 29, 2009 3:28 pm

Two sixteen year old girls from Yelm were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle this morning with critical injuries after they crossed the center line in the roadway and hit a truck head on, according to the Washington State Patrol.
WSP said the crash on Morris Road just south of 110th Avenue in Yelm in Thurston County occurred about 7 a.m..

The 16 year-old driver was northbound on Morris Road in her 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass. WSP said the teenager was driving too fast for the wet road conditions and crossed over the center line on a curve. Her car hit a 2003 GMC box type truck head-on in the southbound lane.

Both the driver and her passenger were airlifted to Harborview with critical injuries. The driver of the GMC, 43 year-old Matthew L. Benson of McKenna, wasn’t injured.

The investigation closed the roadway and traffic was detoured at 110th Avenue. The investigation is continuing.
A WSP spokeswoman reminded motorists to slow down and prepare for the wet, rainy season ahead.

UPDATE: The Associated Press has identified the two teenagers as Skye Calhoun, the driver, and Alexandria Bachmeier, the passenger. A Harborview spokesman said Calhoun was still in critical condition while Bachmeier’s condition has improved to serious.

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