WSP investigating crash involving patrol car

By Paul Suarez, Columbian freelance

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Updated: March 28, 2014, 9:25 PM

 
Crash site

A Washington State Patrol car en route to a call collided with another vehicle Friday morning in the intersection of Northeast Fourth Plain Road and 117th Avenue in the Orchards area.

The crash was reported around 9:20 a.m., according to Trooper Will Finn, WSP spokesman.

Three WSP cars were responding to an incident on state Highway 503 and Northeast 149th Street when the crash happened. Finn said a 17-year-old girl with reported mental health issues had jumped from a northbound car slowing for a stop sign on Highway 503 around 9:18 a.m.

While en route to that incident, one WSP car hit a westbound vehicle in the intersection of Northeast Fourth Plain Road and 117th Avenue, according to Finn.

Finn said traffic at the intersection was stopped, one patrol car passed through the intersection safely before the second hit a westbound vehicle, Finn said.

A 22-year-old passenger in the westbound vehicle was reportedly uninjured. The female driver of the car reported neck pain but declined to be taken to a hospital, Finn said.

The trooper was uninjured in the crash.

Finn said anytime a patrol car is involved in a crash, WSP calls out specialists to do a complete investigation, like it would for a fatal crash.

The 17-year-old who left the moving vehicle in the first incident suffered a head laceration and was sent to a local hospital. Her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, Finn said.