WSP: Morning crash caused by sleeping driver

UPDATED: TUESDAY, NOV. 26, 2013, 12:08 P.M.

Accident occurred 2.5 miles south of Freeman

A head-on collision that sent two women to the hospital Tuesday morning occurred after one of the drivers fell asleep at the wheel, the Washington State Patrol said.

Shortly after 5:30 a.m., a 2004 Chevy Cavalier driven by 19-year-old Destinee Lake crossed the center line while traveling south on state Highway 27 south of Freeman, according to a news release. Investigators said Lake fell asleep before her vehicle began drifting. Her car struck a 2003 Suzuki sedan driven by Shannon Crewse, 56, in the northbound lane.

Both women were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, according to the State Patrol. Lake was airlifted by MedStar to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, and Crewse arrived there by ambulance. Both women were listed in satisfactory condition later Tuesday.

The two vehicles were totaled in the collision, the State Patrol reported.

Highway 27 was completely blocked for about three hours this morning while agencies responded to the scene.

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