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Pedestrian dies while trying to cross I-5

One person died, and two others were injured when a pedestrian attempted to cross Interstate-5 near Milepost 81, in Lewis County on Wednesday.

Michael J. Wingert, 29, of Centralia, died while crossing the freeway on foot when he was struck by a semi-trailer, driven by Andrew Napoleon of Vancouver, Wash. The semi swerved to avoid hitting Wingert, side-swiping another vehicle, a 1999 Honda minivan, driven by Guicheng Yang, 46, of Coquitlam, B.C.

The drivers, Napoleon and Yang, were not injured, but passengers in both vehicles sustained neck injuries and were transported to Centralia Providence Hospital.

All of the passengers were using seat belts.

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