Sheriff's deputy injured in I-5 crash

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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A sheriff's deputy was injured Friday afternoon when his SUV was struck by a car on Interstate 5 south, near the fairgrounds.

Clark County sheriff's Deputy Jason Granneman, 44, was driving a silver Ford Explorer (owned by the agency) in the right lane of the interstate near milepost 8. A white Honda Civic in the middle lane, switched into the right lane and struck the Explorer, which veered right and struck the guard rail, according to the Washington State Patrol. The Civic, driven by Larissa Huhta, 18, of Longview, veered left, across the all three lanes, and struck the inside median.

Granneman was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. He was not listed in the public patient directory Friday evening. Huhta was not injured in the collision, which clogged southbound traffic in the area.

She was cited by the State Patrol for making an unsafe lane change.