Washington State Patrol troopers respond to the scene of a one-vehicle fatal crash on US Highway 101 just east of Port Angeles on July 5. Washington State Patrol photo

Washington State Patrol troopers respond to the scene of a one-vehicle fatal crash on US Highway 101 just east of Port Angeles on July 5. Washington State Patrol photo

Sequim man dies in US Highway 101 crash

A 40-year-old Sequim man died after he was thrown from his vehicle after it rolled and slid across US Highway 101 about five miles east of Port Angeles, in the early hours of Friday, July 5.

The Washington State Patrol reports William W. Ferdig was driving a 2000 Ford pickup truck eastbound on Highway 101 when, at about 4:10 a.m., the vehicle left the roadway at about milepost 254 and entered the grass median. The driver corrected back into the eastbound lane but the truck rolled, slid across both lanes and came to rest on its tires; Ferdig was reportedly ejected from the vehicle.

“For reasons unknown, the vehicle went into the median and over-corrected, causing the vehicle to roll,” Trooper Chelsea Hodgson said via Twitter.

Cause remains under investigation as of 8:30 a.m. on July 5.

State Patrol troopers notified the next of kin.

A portion of the highway was closed for about four hours Friday morning.

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