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U.S. HY 2 NEAR INDEX SHUT DOWN FRIDAY BY MAJOR ACCIDENT
Suspected impaired driver crossed over centerline
February 19, 2011
(INDEX, WA) -- A collision between two cars that occurred Friday afternoon on U.S. Highway 2 in the Sky Valley closed down the busy highway for two hours and injured one driver.
The Washington State Patrol says the accident happened about 3:15 pm between Index and Baring, WA around milepost 39.5.
The patrol says a 2010 Chevrolet Impala was headed eastbound on the highway and a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV was traveling westbound when the Impala crossed the center on a bridge crashing into the Tahoe.
The Impala then swerved back into the eastbound lanes and came to a stop, with the Tahoe coming to a stop in the eastbound lanes.
The driver of the Impala, identified as 72-year old Loretta Stromberg of Prescott, Arizona was injured and was transported by aid unit to Providence hospital in Everett. Her vehicle was totaled. It was towed to Sky Valley Towing.
The driver of the Tahoe SUV, identified as 63-year old Michael Somers of Mill Creek was not reported as injured by the state patrol. His vehicle sustained an estimated $13,000 damage and was towed to Sky Valley Towing as well.
The highway was closed in both directions for about two hours after the accident, with traffic backed up for miles.
While the cause of the accident is under investigation, the state patrol does believe drugs and/or alcohol were factors in the crash and charges are pending.
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