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Driver killed in fiery crash as car hits tree southwest of Everson

Authorities say excessive speed may be to blame for a fiery wreck that killed a person southwest of Everson early Thursday, Sept. 1.

Washington State Patrol was withholding the driver’s name, age and gender until relatives could be notified, according to a preliminary crash report.

It occurred about 3 a.m. on East Pole Road near Mecklem Road. The driver of a black 2006 Volkswagen Passat drifted off the roadway to the right, struck a road sign and a tree, then burst into flames, according to the state patrol.

No one else was in the car. It was unknown if the victim was wearing a seat belt.

No other details were made available Thursday.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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