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Three injured in I-82 mishap

ZILLAH - Three people sustained injuries Sunday afternoon in an I-82 accident that occurred just outside of Zillah.

One of the three included a Sunnyside woman-35-year-old Maria I. Solis.

According to Washington State Patrol troopers, the 3:15 p.m. accident was caused by Bradley J. Rider, 62, of Grandview failing to secure a load of ladders he was hauling in the back of his 1986 Chevrolet pick-up.

Rider was eastbound on I-82 when two ladders fell from his pick-up onto the roadway. A 2005 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Solis, struck the ladders. The force of the impact dislodged the Jeep's spare tire.

WSP troopers said Solis parked her vehicle on the shoulder of the freeway, exiting the Jeep to retrieve her spare tire. A third vehicle, a 2003 Toyota Camry driven by 40-year-old Maria E. Maldonado of Grandview, came upon the scene. She parked the Camry on the inside shoulder of the freeway. A fourth vehicle, a 1997 Isuzu Rodeo driven by Benjamin V. Ruiz of Prosser, then struck Maldonado's Camry. The collision resulted in the Camry striking Solis. She was transported to Yakima Regional Hospital.

Two passengers in the '97 Isuzu Rodeo also suffered injuries. The two, 90-year-old Herminio Ruiz and 87-year-old Salvador Ruiz, were both taken to Sunnyside Community Hospital.

Maldonado's 2003 Camry was totaled in the June 19 mishap. The Isuzu, estimate troopers, sustained approximately $4,500 damage. Solis' 2005 Jeep Cherokee will need approximately $1,000 worth of repairs. The only vehicle that wasn't towed from the scene was Rider's '86 Chevy pick-up, which wasn't damaged.

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