Two members of Beaverton family killed in 'horrific' crash

One other person dies in Monday afternoon accident in Washington

A Beaverton man and his young daughter were killed Monday afternoon in a 'horrific' head-on collision on Highway 101 about five miles east of Port Angeles, Wash.

Washington State Patrol said a total of three people were killed in the collision that also sent two other members of the Beaverton family (the mother and her 3-year-old son) to a Port Angeles Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The third person killed was a Port Angeles resident.

Names of the victims have not been released pending notification of their families.

State Patrol spokesman Lt. Clint Casebolt said the 'headlight-to-headlight' collision occurred at about 1 p.m. between a 2005 Toyota 4-Runner and a 2005 Ford Explorer. It was one of the most serious accidents the state patrol has seen in years along the four-lane highway, he said.

'It was a horrific crash, even by what we see every day,' Casebolt said.

According to witnesses, the Toyota driven by the Beaverton man was traveling east on the highway when the Explorer, driven by a Port Angeles resident, apparently cross the median line. One person was thrown from the Toyota in the crash, but she survived the accident and was being treated at a local hospital, Casebolt said.

The Explorer burst into flames and passersby pulled two small children from the wreckage, but were unable to free the driver, who was unconscious, Casebolt said.

Port Angeles is on the Puget Sound near the Olympic National Forest, northwest of Seattle.