Four taken to hospital after collision near Salmon Creek

Serious but not life-threatening injuries, official says

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Updated: October 18, 2011, 11:44 PM

 

Four people were taken to a hospital Tuesday night after a collision at Northeast 72nd Avenue and 126th Street, in the eastern Salmon Creek area north of Vancouver.

The crash was reported at 7:48 p.m.

Firefighters from the Glenwood Fire Station 7, only about 100 yards away, arrived in just a couple of minutes, said Firefighter Joe Spatz with the ­Vancouver Fire Department.

The crash appeared to be head-on, and the impact was so strong that firefighters -- including Engine 5 and Truck 5 from the Walnut Grove Fire Station -- had to use heavy tools to extricate both drivers.

A woman who appeared to be in her 30s was the driver and only occupant of a ­Volkswagen sedan.

The driver of the Saab, a man in his 20s, was extricated with tools but his two male passengers were walking around before firefighters arrived.

All four were taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center by AMR Northwest ambulance, Spatz said.

Spatz said he was told the drivers’ injuries were serious but not life-threatening.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.