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U.S. 101 near Shelton reopened following crashes that left one person dead

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Both directions of U.S. Highway 101 near Shelton have reopened following a pair of crashes Wednesday morning that left a 63-year-old Shelton man dead.

According to Washington State Patrol, about 7 a.m. the man was driving north on Highway 101 when another driver attempting to merge onto southbound 101 from Shelton Matlock Road lost control and crossed into a northbound lane, striking the man’s car.

The other driver’s vehicle then went over the guardrail and stopped in an embankment. That driver, a 47-year-old Shelton woman, was injured and taken to Mason General Hospital.

Northbound traffic was blocked while emergency crews responded. State Patrol said the woman was driving too fast for conditions.

About 10:30 a.m., a three-vehicle crash blocked southbound traffic south of the earlier crash scene.

According to State Patrol, all three vehicles were headed north when two of them stopped. The third vehicle hit the second one, pushing it into the first.

One of the drivers, a 43-year-old Lacey woman, was taken to Mason General Hospital with injuries that were not life threatening, according to Trooper Chelsea Hodgson.

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