The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a crash that killed one person Monday around 5:31 p.m., on Johns Prairie Road, two miles northeast of Shelton.
A woman called 911 stating she was following a person driving erratically on Johns Prairie Road. The caller indicated the driver was speeding and crossing the center line. While speaking with dispatch, the caller reported that the vehicle crashed head-on into a pickup truck driving in the opposite direction near the Mason County Public Utilities building, located in the 2600 block of east Johns Prairie Road.
A sheriff’s deputy arrived shortly after the crash and assisted a U.S. Army medic who also happened to be in the area. Both the deputy and the medic administered first-aid until Fire Rescue Aid arrived.
The driver of the pickup truck, 47-year-old Brian Phipps of Shelton was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The suspected erratic driver was also transported to Sanderson Field to be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, but succumbed to her injuries at the airport.
The deceased driver has been identified as 53-year-old Andrea Tyrone of Seattle.
Preliminary reports suggest Tyrone might have had medical issues that may have been a factor in the cause of the crash. No other information is available while the investigation continues.