MONTESANO, Wash. - Two east county residents were killed on eastbound state Route 8 last night, about 10 miles east of McCleary.
State Patrol trooper Guy Gill said speed was a factor in the crash just after 6 p.m. that killed 19-year-old Craig Thiessen of Montesano, and his passenger, 19-year-old Alexis Guzman of McCleary.
Photos show the vehicle split in two after it left the road to the left fish tailed and swerved broadside into a tree. Gill said Thiessen was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected, both he and the McCleary woman were declared dead at the scene.
Washington DOT reports that eastbound state Route 8 traffic was impacted in the area for about 4 hours last night while WSP investigated.