Two crashes, one injury during Thanksgiving weekend

GORST — Two separate vehicle collisions over Thanksgiving weekend resulted in one injury, and serve as a reminder to consider road conditions when driving during inclement weather.

At 7:26 p.m. Nov. 25, a car driven by a 20-year-old Poulsbo woman went off the roadway and struck a tree on northbound Highway 3, just south of Highway 308, near Silverdale.

Megan A. Saylors was cited for driving too fast for road conditions, Washington State Patrol reported. She was transported to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton.

According to state patrol, Saylors was driving her 2008 Ford Focus sedan north on Highway 3 when the crash occurred. She lost control of her vehicle when it hit standing water on the road; she overcorrected toward the shoulder and the vehicle slid, left the roadway to the right and struck a tree, state patrol reported.

At 1:20 a.m. Nov. 26, a tractor-trailer driven by a Kent man struck the guardrail on Highway 16 just east of milepost 29 in Gorst.

Harwinder S. Mattu, 56, was not injured. State patrol determined the cause of the crash to be driving too fast for road conditions.

According to state patrol, Mattu was driving his 2007 Volvo semi-tractor east on Highway 16 when he lost control of his trailers and struck the guardrail, partially blocking the eastbound lanes for about 52 minutes. The semi-tractor was not damaged, but the 2002 utility trailer and the 2006 Hyundai trailer had reportable damage, state patrol reported.

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