A driver changing lanes Monday night on northbound Interstate 205 struck the rear of a vehicle, causing a four-car wreck that injured six people, according to the Washington State Patrol.
A WSP accident report says Lucas M. Wagoner, 29, was behind the wheel of a white 1995 Toyota Tacoma when he tried to change from the freeway’s right lane to its center lane and crashed.
Wagoner was cited on suspicion of second-degree negligent driving, according to the trooper report. Troopers said alcohol or drugs were not a factor in the crash and listed excessive speed and an unsafe lane change as the cause.
Wagoner’s Tacoma crashed into the back of a Lexus GX SUV driven by 60-year-old Yvonne Wold, who had two kids as passengers in her vehicle, troopers said. Then, the Lexus was pushed into a Subaru Outback driven by Brad J. Evans, 41.
The Tacoma rolled and ended up traveling the wrong way, colliding head-on with a much newer truck of the same brand. The 68-year-old Vancouver man driving that 2014 Toyota Tundra walked away uninjured, troopers said.
All others involved in the pileup were taken to area hospitals.
Wagoner and his passenger, 18-year-old Jeriah J. Frye of Spokane, went to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.
Wold and her two passengers, ages 14 and 3, suffered injuries and were also transported to PeaceHealth Southwest.
Everyone except the 3-year-old, who was not listed at the hospital, was treated and released from the emergency department. None of them were admitted to the hospital, a PeaceHealth representative said Tuesday morning.
Evans was taken to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. A Legacy spokeswoman said Evans was treated and released.