Two injured in three-car pileup on Hwy. 14

By Stevie Mathieu, Columbian assistant metro editor

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Two people were taken to the hospital Saturday morning after a driver who was reportedly following too closely to the car in front of her started a three-car pileup westbound on state Highway 14 near Interstate 5, according to Washington State Patrol.

At about 11:30 a.m., as traffic on the freeway slowed, Janet Lyness, 62, of Vancouver crashed her car, a Ford 500, into the Chrysler Sebring in front of her, pushing the Chrysler into a Mazda MX-5, according to a police report.

A passenger in the Chrysler, Richard Heaslip, 29, of Vancouver, was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, as was the driver of the Mazda, 67-year-old Burgess Kaylor of Vancouver. They were treated for their injuries and released Saturday.

Lyness was cited by Washington State Patrol for following too close, according to the police report.

All passengers and drivers involved in the crash were wearing seat belts.