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Toppenish residents injured in Van Belle Road accident

Two Toppenish residents were transported to Sunnyside Community Hospital for treatment following a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Beam and Van Belle roads at 11:45 p.m. Monday night.

Gail Dixon, 21, and Rodrigo Ramirez, 27, both of Toppenish, received non-life threatening injuries in the accident, according to Yakima County Sheriff's Sgt. Carl Hendrickson. Dixon was transported for treatment of hip and shoulder injuries. Ramirez, who had been riding unrestrained in the bed of the 1995 Ford pickup driven by Dixon, was treated for shoulder injuries.

According to Hendrickson, Dixon was driving southbound on Beam Road and had come to a stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Van Belle Road. Dixon told investigators that she did not see any traffic on Beam Road. Continuing through the intersection, her vehicle was hit by a 1995 Lincoln Mk-8 sedan driven by Kay Moore, 63, of Outlook. Moore did not have a stop sign, said Hendrickson.

The two vehicles collided blocking both lanes of the road. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and were towed from the scene of the accident.

Moore was treated for minor injuries at the scene of the accident and was released.

Dixon and Ramirez were both treated at Sunnyside Community Hospital and released, according to hospital spokesperson Tom Lathen.

Two other passengers in Dixon's vehicle, Amber Guy, 18, and Steven Coder, 19, both of Toppenish, were reportedly uninjured in the crash.

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