By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter
CHEHALIS – One person died at the scene and another was hospitalized after a single-vehicle wreck last night on state Route 508 near Forest-Napavine Road.
Troopers and aid were called about 8:40 p.m. to the wreck with entrapment south of Chehalis. The Honda Accord had been westbound, left the roadway to the right and struck a tree, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The passenger, Thomas D. Lininger, 43, of Chehalis died at the scene, according to the state patrol.
The driver, Kimberly J. McPherson, 51, from Centralia, was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital because no air transport was available due of the weather, according to responders.
Both had been wearing seat belts, the state patrol reports.
The state patrol is investigating the collision but indicates drugs or alcohol were believed to be involved.