A Kitsap Airporter van left Highway 16 near the Mullenix Road exit Monday and hit a tree, causing it to catch fire. The driver of the van, James Kingston of Port Orchard, was killed. (Washington State Patrol photo)

A Kitsap Airporter van left Highway 16 near the Mullenix Road exit Monday and hit a tree, causing it to catch fire. The driver of the van, James Kingston of Port Orchard, was killed. (Washington State Patrol photo)

Airporter driver dies in Highway 16 crash

Van left road and hit a tree, then burst into flames

PORT ORCHARD — A Kitsap Airporter van traveling westbound on Highway 16 near the Mullenix exit Monday collided with a tree after leaving the road, killing the driver.

James Kingston of Port Orchard, 75, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Washington State Patrol said.

After colliding with a tree, the van caught fire. South Kitsap Fire and Rescue attended to the blaze and extinguished it.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Chelsea Hodgson said the accident happened at 10:45 a.m. Lanes leading westbound on Highway 16 were blocked between the Mullenix and Burley-Olalla road exits. Approximately two hours after the accident, the left lane heading westbound was reopened.

Hodgson said troopers were at the scene investigating the accident to see what caused Kingston to leave the road.

The left lane of westbound Highway 16 is now open following a fatality crash of a Kitsap Airporter van Nov. 19. (Washington State Patrol photo)

The left lane of westbound Highway 16 is now open following a fatality crash of a Kitsap Airporter van Nov. 19. (Washington State Patrol photo)

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