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WSP investigates accident involving trooper en route to fire

July 16th, 2014 - 5:29am

(Sequim) -- The Washington State Patrol is investigating an accident Tuesday afternoon involving a trooper responding from Sequim to a vehicle fire near Discovery Bay.

A collision memo reports a fully marked white State Patrol vehicle -- a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria -- driven by 31-year-old Trooper Christopher Daigle was eastbound on Highway 101 approaching Sequim Avenue.

Daigle was utilizing lights and siren, responding code to a vehicle fire on Highway 104 near milepost 2. Reports say a vehicle traveling the same direction as the trooper moved to the right shoulder as the patrol car was approaching.

The memo states the second vehicle then moved back into the lane of travel in front of the trooper's car, forcing the trooper to make evasive maneuvers, crossing the center line.

Reports add the trooper made additional evasive action to the right to avoid striking other vehicles, then left the roadway and continued sideways into the center median between Highway 101 and Sequim Avenue on the eastbound ramp.

The memo says the rear of the trooper's vehicle struck and knocked down a Department of Transportation sign, before coming to rest in the median.

Trooper Daigle was not injured. His car had reportable damage, but was driven from the accident scene.

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