Five people were injured in a three-car collision on State Route 101 in Pacific County Thursday afternoon, the Washington State Patrol reported. Three young children in one of the cars were not injured, but went to the hospital along with their parents.
Jose L. Ortega, 22, of Chinook, was heading southbound three miles east of Long Beach at about 2:15 p.m. Thursday. The southbound lanes are closed in that area for construction.
Ian A. Hoyt, 26, of Seattle, was also heading southbound, stopped in the construction zone for a flagger. Ortega crashed into the left rear of Hoyt’s car, then crossed into the northbound lane and struck Lisa A. Vsetula, 40, of Seaside, head-on.
Ortega and his passengers, Sandra Rosales, 29, and Annamaria Rosales Garcia, 33, also of Chinook, were injured in the crash.
Vsetula and her passenger, Jason T. Russell, 34, of Ocean Park were also injured.
Three children in Ortega’s car, a 3-year-old girl, a 1 1/2-year-old girl and an 8-day-old boy, were not injured.
The collision is under investigation, but the State Patrol memo shows Ortega as the cause of the crash and states he was cited for negligence.