Minivan crashes into state patrol vehicle on Highway 16


A driver headed westbound on Highway 16 past the Tremont Street exit crashed into a Washington State Patrol SUV assisting a disabled vehicle on Saturday night.

An 80-year-old Bremerton man driving a red 2005 Chrysler Town & Country minivan was headed westbound at Highway 16 just before 10 p.m. on Saturday, according to a memo issued by the Washington State Patrol. He failed to yield for a 2021 Ford Explorer, a fully marked Washington State Patrol vehicle that was providing traffic control for a disabled vehicle on the right shoulder.

The van hit the Explorer and came to rest on the right shoulder west of the scene. The Explorer came to rest in the lane of Highway 16. Neither the driver nor the 77-year-old female passenger in the van was injured, and the state trooper driving the Explorer was not in the vehicle at the time the crash occurred, according to the state patrol.

Charges of failing to obey emergency lights are pending for the driver of the minivan, according to the state patrol.

This article originally appeared on Kitsap Sun: Minivan crashes into state patrol vehicle on Highway 16