Updated on: 3/6/2019
A woman was killed in a car accident involving three vehicles on State Route 6 on Saturday night in Chehalis, according to Lewis County Fire District 6.
The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. at Chilvers Road.
Police say a 75-year-old Chehalis woman was southbound on Chilvers Road in a sedan when she attempted to turn left onto SR 6. She failed to yield the right of way and was struck by a westbound pickup truck on SR 6. A third vehicle then crashed into the pickup.
The t-bone collision killed the woman. The pickup truck was found resting on its side; its driver refused medical treatment.
The Washington State Patrol is investigating the cause of the collision.
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Location of the Fatal Crash
Image: Lewis County Fire District 6