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Port Orchard man totals log truck in head-on crash

A Port Orchard man was taken to Mason General Hospital after driving his car head-on into a log truck last Thurs-day.

The 72-year-old man was headed southbound on State Route 3 through Shelton just after 3 p.m. when he veered his Lincoln Towncar into oncoming traffic and collided with a Peterbuilt log truck. The Towncar was totalled in the collision and the man was transported via aid car to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

The 35-year-old log truck was also totalled in the accident and had to be towed from the scene.

“It doesn’t take much,” said State Patrol spokesman Trooper Glen Tyrrell. “They just cost a lot to fix. You could almost scratch the paint and total it.”

The driver of the log truck, a Vaughn man, was not injured in the crash.

Both men were wearing their seatbelts.

State Patrol is investigating the collision. Tyrrell said officers are still trying to figure out what made the Port Orchard man drive over the center line — he said there was no immediate indication the man was intoxicated.

State Patrol does expect to issue at least a traffic citation at some point, but Tyrrell said the investigation had to be complete before that could happen.

“I don’t know what those (possible citations) would be yet,” he said.

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