South Kitsap Van Crash Injures Two

A single car crash, which resulted in serious injuries to a 47-year-old woman and her 27-year-old daughter, is being investigated by the Kitsap County Sheriff deputies. The accident occurred Saturday in South Kitsap.

Both victims are South Kitsap County residents. Both mother and daughter sustained skeletal fractures, internal injuries and lacerations. The mother, who was driving, was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma. The daughter was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. No other passengers were in the van at the time of the crash.

The accident happened in the 8100 block of S.E. Southworth Drive, east of Yukon Harbor Road S.E., in the South Colby community of South Kitsap.

According to deputies, the van was driving eastbound on S.E. Southworth Drive when the driver failed to properly negotiate a curve to the left. The van went off the road and over the south shoulder into a ditch. There it hit a large culvert.

The force of the collision left both occupants trapped inside the van. In order to free them, South Kitsap Fire and Rescue firefighters used emergency rescue equipment.

It is being investigated whether or not alcohol use was a factor in the crash. Both mother and daughter are believed to have been wearing seatbelts.

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