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4 people hospitalized after multi-vehicle wreck

According to Washington State Patrol troopers, four people were injured in a three-vehicle crash on State Route 22. The accident happened shortly after 3 p.m. on Sept. 30.

Officials said that a 69-year-old woman was driving east on the highway in a Honda Accord when she stopped on account of traffic and was rear-ended by a Chevrolet Tahoe. As a result of the rear-end crash, the Accord lurched into the westbound lanes of the highway, where a semi-truck crashed into the car, reportedly.

Although everyone involved in the collision was wearing a safety belt, four of them suffered injuries, according to authorities. Emergency crews transported the driver of the Accord to Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center, where she was listed as under continuous watch, authorities stated. A 65-year-old male passenger in the Accord was taken to the same hospital and listed in critical condition.

Emergency crews transported the Tahoe driver and a 53-year-old male passenger in that vehicle to Toppenish Community Hospital, where they were both treated and released. The 73-year-old trucker did not report suffering any injuries in the accident. It was not clear whether any criminal charges were filed in connection with the wreck immediately following the incident. However, the investigation is ongoing, officials stated.

Injuries suffered in connection with car accidents often result in high medical bills, long-term and costly rehabilitation and lost income. When other drivers caused the accidents with demonstrably negligent actions, the victims might be entitled to personal injury compensation through civil action. For this reason, many accident victims seek the counsel of a personal injury lawyer, who may review the circumstances of the case and rally together the necessary material to build a convincing case. If successful, the victims may be compensated for medical costs and lost income related to their injuries.

Source: Yakima Herald , "Toppenish crash sends four to hospitals", October 02, 2014

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