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Five injured in automobile accidents

Five Lower Valley residents were injured in three separate automobile accidents this past weekend.

Friday, Oct. 29, Ofelia Sanchez of Sunnyside was injured in a two-car accident that took place on Washout Road, just south of the Van Belle Road intersection. Sanchez was driving a 1999 Ford Explorer northbound on Washout Road around 7:26 p.m. when, according to the Washington State Patrol, she crossed the center line and side-swiped a 1978 Kenworth semi-truck driven by Don Jerome Waddle of Grandview.

Sanchez was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Her vehicle was totaled. According to the Washington State Patrol, Sanchez was charged with a DUI. Waddle was uninjured and his vehicle received an estimated $1,000 in damage. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

Saturday, Oct. 30, two Grandview women were injured in a one-car rollover accident that took place on State Route 22 at milepost 26.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the 1991 Chrysler New Yorker driven by Maria Valencia was traveling westbound down State Route 22 about 5:14 a.m. when at milepost 22 the car left the road and rolled. Both Valencia and her passenger, Eva Sotelo, were transported to Prosser Memorial Hospital. Both were wearing their seatbelts.

Also on Saturday, a Grandview man and a Prosser man were injured in a two-car accident that took place on State Route 241 at the intersection of Sheller Road.

According to the Washington State Patrol, Michael Miller of Sunnyside was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe eastbound on Sheller Road when he ran the stop sign and collided with a 1996 Ford service truck driven by Terry Hossele of Prosser. Hossele was traveling northbound on State Route 241.

Miller was transported to Sunnyside Community Hospital by private vehicle and Hossele was transported to Sunnyside Community Hospital by ambulance. Both men were wearing their seatbelts.

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