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Sept. 22, 2021

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Wreck on I-5 near Castle Rock kills 3

Battle Ground residents, Longview tow truck driver dead

By , Columbian Features editor
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A car accident on Interstate 5 near Castle Rock killed three people and injured two others Saturday morning, according to the Washington State Patrol.

At about 8 a.m., a car driven by 43-year-old Anna-Christie Ireland of Longview veered into a car parked on the shoulder of the freeway, shoving it into a tow truck that was providing assistance. Ireland faces three counts of vehicular homicide, according to the state patrol. She was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver for her injuries.

Richard H. Stoker, 55, and Karen Stoker, 54, both of Battle Ground, died at the scene. Travis H. Stoker, a 25-year-old Battle Ground resident and a passenger in the same car, was injured and taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

Their vehicle was parked on the shoulder of the freeway near milepost 45, behind a tow truck with its lights flashing driven by Arthur E. Anderson, a 63-year-old Longview resident. Anderson was also killed at the scene.

Washington State Patrol is investigating the accident’s cause.

A GoFundMe has been established for the Stoker family.

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