Trooper OK, but Olalla pair die in Mason County accident

The Mason County Coroner’s Office has identified the pair killed in an April 6 fatal car accident involving a Washington State Patrol trooper as Olalla residents.

The collision occurred as the trooper was traveling southbound on Highway 101 south of Shelton with the vehicle’s emergency lights on. Mason sheriff’s officials say the collision occurred at 2:37 p.m. near Lynch Road as the vehicle was traveling to a nearby emergency.

An April 7 news release from coroner Jaime Taylor identified Charles Ferree, 72, and Deolia Blandford, 49, as the occupants of the other involved vehicle who died at the scene.

A WSP news release says the trooper was taken to a hospital but avoided severe injuries.