BROWNSVILLE - A car accident that left at least one person seriously injured slowed traffic on Highway 303 for close to three hours on Tuesday, according to Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Krista Hedstrom.
Both lanes heading north were initially closed while Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue crews responded.
The accident happened at 3:14 p.m. when a 52-year-old Bremerton man driving a blue 1990 Toyota pickup crossed the center line twice while heading south on Highway 303, according to Washington State Patrol reports. The man first crossed the highway near Old Military Road, then over corrected, returning to the southbound lanes until he crossed the line again near the highway's intersection with Brownsville Highway.
When he crossed the line the second time, the driver hit a green Subaru Legacy that was headed north. A 60-year-old Seabeck woman driving the car was not injured.
Next the man hit a Nissan Quest minivan, also in the northbound lanes, head-on, according to reports. A Bremerton couple in the car ó a 67-year-old woman and 75-year-old man ó were injured in the crash. They were taken to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton with head and chest pain. The woman also had a hurt ankle, according to reports.
The driver of the pickup received multiple traumas from the series of crashes, including a severe injury to his leg, according to reports. He was taken to St. Joseph's Medical Center in Tacoma after a medical helicopter was unable to respond immediately.
A trooper followed the ambulance to talk with the man after he received medical attention. It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were involved, or if the man had a medical condition that caused the crash, Hedstrom said. Charges are pending while the investigation continues.
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