BRINNON: Overturned semi blocks part of U.S. 101

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BRINNON — U.S. Highway 101 was partially blocked for about three hours late Saturday following a semi crash, the Washington State Patrol reported.

The State Patrol gave this description of the crash:

The semi, with a wood chip trailer, was headed north when it went off the road about one mile north of the Mason-Jefferson county line. It struck a guardrail and trees before rolling over.

The driver, 61-year-old Michael E. Gaskill of Shelton, was taken to Mason General Hospital in Shelton, according to the State Patrol. But hospital officials refused to discuss Gaskill's condition or acknowledge that he was treated at the hospital.

Following the crash, which was reported at 11:30 p.m., the trailer blocked traffic in the northbound lane for three hours. But because traffic was light, there were little delays, said Trooper John Ryan.

Excessive speed may have been a cause in the single-vehicle crash, Ryan said. There was no indication that drugs or alcohol were a factor, he added.

The 1993 Freightliner suffered $10,000 damage.

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