Rear-end crash sends 4 to hospital

Firefighters praise mom for using child safety seats

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Updated: January 3, 2014, 9:56 PM

 
Crash site

Firefighters credited child safety seats with protecting small children who were riding in the back of a car that got rear-ended Friday afternoon, west of Battle Ground.

The accident was reported at 4:38 p.m. in the 23500 block of Northeast 10th Avenue. A woman was driving home with her three children and had slowed to turn left onto another road when her Honda Civic was rear-ended by a southbound Dodge Ram.

The pickup smashed into the car, right up to the back seat, said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy. Two of the three children in the back, ages 3, 5 and 8, were properly restrained in child safety seats.

The names of those involved were not released by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, but Sgt. Linda Hayes said they were all Ridgefield residents.

As a precaution and because the crash involved high impact, the family was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. The man driving the pickup was not transported to the hospital; whether he was cited was not released by the sheriff’s office.