1 man dies, Lewis County man hurt in wrong-way wreck near Eatonville

A 23-year-old Lewis County man was injured Monday morning following a wreck with a wrong-way driver who later died at an area hospital, according to Washington State Patrol.

The wrong-way driver was identified as Francis M. Winn, 45 of Des Moines. He died at Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

About 8 a.m. Monday, the 23-year-old man, who is from Morton, was headed north on state Route 7 in Pierce County, west of Eatonville. Meanwhile, Winn was headed south in the northbound lane.

Troopers say the two drivers tried to avoid each other but wound up crashing on the center line.

The Morton man was hurt, but “self-transported (himself) to medical care,” according to State Patrol.

The road was closed for four hours following the wreck.