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2 dead after car crash involving Washington State Patrol vehicle, authorities say

Trooper not seriously injured in Saturday accident

By Associated Press
Published: April 7, 2024, 5:25pm

SEATTLE — Two people were killed in a car crash with a Washington State Patrol trooper’s vehicle just west of Seattle, authorities said Saturday evening. The trooper was not seriously injured in the Saturday crash but was transported to a hospital as a precaution.

The Mason County coroner identified the two killed as Washington residents Charles Ferree, 72, and Deolia Blandford, 49, on Sunday.

The trooper, who has not been identified, was driving on U.S. Highway 101 with emergency lights and sirens on when the trooper T-boned a Toyota Prius at an intersection, said Deputy Matt Colbenson, spokesperson for the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

The Washington State Patrol released a brief statement Saturday about the crash and declined to comment, citing the agency’s own involvement in the case.

The sheriff’s office is leading the investigation.