A 51-year-old Rochester man and an unidentified juvenile were severely injured Tuesday afternoon after a four-vehicle collision on state Route 12 and Pecan Street in Rochester, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The crash happened at 4:03 p.m. when Steven C. Johnson, 62, of Vancouver, Wash., was driving his semi-truck eastbound on SR 12 and struck the juvenile’s 2003 Jeep Cherokee, which was turning left at Pecan Street, the WSP said.
The Jeep was cut in half from the collision with the semi-truck, which was hauling more than 100,000 pounds of scrap metal.
According to the WSP:
The Jeep was pushed into westbound traffic on SR 12, where it struck a 1995 Ford Ranger driven by Robert A. Johnson, 51, of Rochester.
Jonathon W. Kalin, a 47-year-old Rochester man driving a 2007 Saturn Ion, then rear-ended Robert Johnson while traveling westbound on SR 12.
The juvenile was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, and Robert Johnson was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. Both are expected to survive, the WSP said. Their vehicles were totaled.
The other two drivers were not injured, and their vehicles were driven from the scene.
The cause of the collision and any possible charges are under investigation.The Associated Press