ROCHESTER: 2-car collision on US 12 sends 4 to hospitals

ahobbs@theolympian.comMarch 30, 2014 

Four people were injured in a collision late Friday night on U.S. Highway 12 in Rochester.

The two-car collision occurred about 8:42 p.m. at milepost 43. According to the Washington State Patrol, the driver of a red Chevrolet pickup truck tried to pass a silver GMC Yukon, and ended up striking the vehicle. The vehicles came to a stop off the road. The road was closed for four hours.

Two people in the truck were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The truck’s driver, a 22-year-old Centralia man, was arrested on charges of DUI and vehicular assault after troopers observed signs of alcohol impairment, Trooper Guy Gill said. The passenger, a 20-year-old Centralia woman, had serious injuries, Gill said.

The two female occupants of the Yukon suffered minor injuries, Gill said. They were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital.

ahobbs@theolympian.com

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