Seven escape serious injury after collision sends SUV onto its top

By Dave Kern, Columbian assistant metro editor

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Updated: September 18, 2011, 8:35 PM

 

Seven people escaped serious injury after two vehicles collided and one ended on its top on Interstate 5 Sunday morning.

The Washington State Patrol said a 2002 Honda Civic driven by Ook P. Chung, 19, of Eugene, Ore., attempted to change lanes near Mill Plain Boulevard and collided with a 2006 Ford Expedition driven by Thurston Ross, 45, of Battle Ground.

The patrol’s report said both Chung and Ross were southbound in the left lane. While merging into the center lane, Chung saw another vehicle in that lane and swerved back into the left lane, colliding with Ross’ Ford.

The impact sent Ross’ SUV across all lanes and it came to rest on its top on the right shoulder. Chung’s Honda also came to rest on the right shoulder.

Ross and five passengers, ages 2 to 32, all were transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where they were treated and released, according to hospital records.

The patrol said Chung was not injured and had no passengers. He was cited for improper lane change.

The accident happened at 11:39 a.m., the patrol said.