Two people were hospitalized Sunday morning after a driver troopers say was intoxicated struck another vehicle head-on after he drove the wrong way on state Highway 14.
According to the Washington State Patrol, Sean E. Seager, 35, of Vancouver, was heading east in the westbound lanes of Highway 14 around 6 a.m.
Near the Interstate 205 overpass, Seager’s Ford Focus station wagon rammed head-on into a Toyota Tacoma pickup, driven by Eric E. Smith, 33, of Vancouver, according to the state patrol.
The impact sent Smith’s pickup onto its top and sideways in the left lane, and Seager’s car into the right lane, both blocking the way.
Then a third vehicle, driven by Bryan T. Pope, 25, of Vancouver, struck Smith’s truck, the state patrol said.
The Vancouver Fire Department said Seager fled on foot before later returning to the scene.
Seager was taken to Peacehealth Southwest Medical Center for his injuries, where he was in satisfactory condition that afternoon, the state patrol said. Smith was brought to Veterans Affairs Medical Center. His condition was not available.
The Vancouver fire department characterized both men’s injuries as relatively minor. The force of the crash totaled both of their vehicles, the state patrol said.
Pope was unhurt, troopers said, and his Toyota Corolla sedan was towed away with moderate damage.
Seager was cited for driving under the influence, driving with a revoked license and driving without an ignition interlock device, according to the state patrol.