Patrol seeks driver who set off series of crashes

Washington State Patrol troopers are looking for a driver who left the scene of a crash Thursday on Interstate 5 in Centralia that reportedly caused two subsequent collisions in which two people were injured.

The suspect's vehicle struck a Cadillac Seville from behind as both were southbound on I-5 shortly before 3 a.m., the State Patrol reported.

The Seville lost control and left the road to the right, hitting a barrier. It re-entered the roadway, crossed both southbound lanes and struck the concrete barrier, coming to a stop sideways in the left lane.

The other vehicle, described as a dark-colored passenger car with possible front-end damage, left the scene, according to the State Patrol.

While the driver and passenger of the Seville were outside of their car, the driver of a tractor-trailer in the left lane reportedly tried to swerve to miss the car but hit both the car and a second semi.

The impact propelled the Seville toward the passenger of that car.

The passenger, Jentry Elliott, 19, of Las Vegas and the driver, Adereous Allen, 18, of Portland were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital with minor injuries.

The drivers of the tractor-trailers were not injured, but Eric Farr, 35, the driver of the first truck, is expected to face speeding charges, the patrol said.

Separate crash

A 28-year-old man from Aloha, Ore., suffered minor injuries with possible broken ribs in a separate crash that occurred about an hour earlier near Napavine. Ogo Odiakosa was northbound on I-5 when he lost control and left the road, hitting an exit sign and a light pole. Odiakosa was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital. He is expected to face speeding charges, the patrol said.

A nursing supervisor at the hospital wouldn't release the conditions of Elliott, Allen or Odiakosa on Thursday night.

Online reporter April Chan writes for The Olympian. She can be reached at 360-754-4229 or achan@theolympian.com.