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HEAD ON COLLISION SENDS 5 TO HOSPITAL

January 30, 2012

Hoquiam Police and Fire crews were dispatched to a head-on collision with entrapment in Woodlawn on Saturday.

A 45-year old Hoquiam man driving a one-ton Chevy pick-up northbound had traveled into the southbound lane, striking a Buick Century 4-door head-on. The impact pushed the car backwards and into the southbound ditch. The 32-year old Hoquiam woman driving the vehicle had to be cut out of the car by Hoquiam paramedics. She and the three other occupants of the vehicle: 31-year old Hoquiam man and two children in car seats, ages 4 and 1, were transported to Community Hospital for their injuries.

The driver of the pick-up was arrested for vehicular assault as occupants of the car had suffered serious bodily injury from broken bones. The Hoquiam man consented to field sobriety tests at the scene after crews smelled alcohol on his breath. He was subsequently transported to Community Hospital for a blood draw that Hoquiam Police say will be submitted to the state toxicology lab for testing. The suspect remained at the hospital for treatment as he complained about neck pain; it was later determined the suspect may have suffered a neck fracture.

Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers told KXRO it took two tow trucks, pulling from both ends of the vehicles, to separate the car from the truck as they were stuck together from the force of the collision.

Formal charges will be filed through the Grays Harbor County Prosecutor’s Office pending the results of the lab results. The investigation is ongoing.

 

 

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