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Driver found dead in car that ended in ditch in Seiku

The Columbian

SEIKU — The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office says bystanders pulled a man found slumped over the steering wheel of his car out of the vehicle before it caught fire, but medics were unable to revive him.

The office said Monday that a passer-by found 70-year-old Jerry Anderson of Seiku in a car that had landed in a ditch Saturday afternoon. With the help of others, Norman Dale pulled Anderson out of the car as it became engulfed in flames. Medics unsuccessfully tried to revive Anderson.

The sheriff’s office said Monday that Anderson likely had a medical emergency while driving, though the investigation will determined how he died.

Authorities believe the heat of the engine resting on dry grass likely caused the fire. The flames spread under the driver’s side engine compartment and toward the rest of the vehicle. The fire gutted the inside of the car.

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