Multi-car crash on Highway 99 injures five

By Marissa Harshman, Columbian health reporter

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Updated: November 5, 2011, 8:55 PM

 
Accident Scene

A three-vehicle crash on Highway 99 sent five people to local hospitals Saturday afternoon.

The crash occurred at about 4:30 p.m., just south of Northeast 63rd Street.

The driver of a full-size white truck heading south on Highway 99 rear-ended a stopped car waiting to turn left, said Sgt. Tony Barnes with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. The truck continued moving, crossed into the northbound lane and crashed nearly head-on into a car traveling north on the highway, he said.

The four people in the northbound vehicle — two adults and two children — were transported by ambulance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with serious injuries, said Fire District 6 spokeswoman Dawn Johnson.

The driver of the pickup was transported to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.

He will be charged with vehicular assault, Barnes said, as alcohol may be a factor in the crash.

The names and ages of all the people involved in the crash weren’t immediately available. Barnes said, though, that all drivers and passengers were wearing seatbelts.