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Four Lower Valley residents injured in crash

Three Granger residents and a woman from Sunnyside were injured in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday evening along the Columbia Gorge.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the 1997 Pontiac Grand Am they were riding in was rear-ended by a 1996 Dodge flatbed pick-up truck. All four Lower Valley residents were transported to a nearby hospital to receive medical treatment.

Yesterday's accident happened just before 6 p.m. on State Route 14, at about milepost 170. WSP troopers report that 40-year-old Maribel Martinez of Granger, the driver of the Grand Am, had stopped on the highway to turn left into a private drive. The driver of the flatbed pick-up, Daniel K. Eletscher of Germany, did not stop in time and rear-ended the Pontiac.

Besides Martinez sustaining injuries, the three injured passengers in her Grand Am included 42-year-old Aracely Marquez of Sunnyside, and Sarah Ramos, 40, of Granger and 15-year-old David Algeria of Granger.

All of the injuried parties, including the driver of the pick-up truck, were wearing seatbelts at the time of the mishap. Eletscher escaped injury.

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