Crash lands four in the hospital near Long Beach


Four people were injured in a Pacific County crash on Friday, including a 6-year-old boy, after a driver crossed over the centerline and struck an oncoming car, officials from the Washington State Patrol said Saturday.

The wreck happened shortly before 9 p.m. on Friday, according to a press release, about 10 miles southeast of Long Beach.

A 44-year-old Astoria, Ore., man was driving a gray 2012 Dodge Caravan southbound when he crossed over the centerline and struck an oncoming 2011 Dodge Avenger. The driver of the Avenger, a 51-year-old man from Chinook, and his passenger, a 57-year-old man, also from Chinook, were taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital. Two passengers in the Caravan, a 35-year-old woman and a 6-year-old boy, both from Ilwaco, were also taken to Columbia. Both cars were totalled. The driver of the Caravan, who was not injured, was charged with negligent driving, according to the release. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the crash, the State Patrol said.