Driver veers to avoid deputy's rig, collides with oncoming car near Shelton

Staff reportJanuary 11, 2014 

— Two people were injured Friday night near Shelton when a car veered to avoid a Mason County Sheriff’s Office vehicle on the shoulder and collided with an oncoming car, the Washington State Patrol reported.

According to a State Patrol news release:

About 8:40 p.m., a Mason County sheriff’s vehicle, emergency lights activated, was on the shoulder of northbound state Route 3 south of Shelton while a deputy attended to a disabled vehicle. A 47-year-old Shelton woman, Denise O’Berry, northbound on SR 3 in a 2003 Hyundai, veered into the southbound lane to avoid the deputy’s rig and collided with a 1993 Ford Ranger pickup driven by Owen Vrooman, 34, of Shelton. Vrooman was uninjured; O’Berry and Vrooman’s passenger, Bob Pursey, 23, also of Shelton, were injured but declined treatment. All three were wearing seat belts.

Both vehicles were totalled.

Drugs or alcohol were not a factor, the State Patrol said.

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