Grays Harbor County Man Falls Asleep, Crashes Head-On Into Seattle Driver


An 53-year-old Elma man fell asleep while driving and crashed head-on into a Seattle driver Saturday afternoon, according to Washington State Patrol.

The injured Seattle woman, 25, was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

About 1:30 p.m. Saturday, the man was headed south on state Route 109, between Aberdeen and Ocean Shores, while the Seattle woman was headed north.

Troopers say the Elma man fell asleep, drove off the road, then over-corrected his steering. He then hit a dirt embankment, came back onto the road and crashed head-on into the Seattle woman’s vehicle.

The road was closed for about four hours after the crash.

The Elma man faces a possible charge of second-degree negligent driving.