A three-vehicle accident sent five people to the hospital late Saturday afternoon. Washington State Patrol said the accident took place at the intersection of Kalama River Road and State Road 503 shortly before 4 p.m. All five accident victims were taken to Peacehealth Southwest Medical Center to treat their injuries.
The accident began when Roger Opp, 61, from Spokane rear-ended Logan Schoonover, 18, of Woodland as he was attempting to make a left turn onto Little Kalama River Road. Schoonover’s vehicle was sent careening into opposing traffic. A vehicle driven by Richard Moore, 70, from Oregon hit Schoonover’s out-of-control vehicle. Moore’s own vehicle then flipped over into a nearby ditch.
Each driver along with the two passengers in Opp’s vehicle were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident and were promptly taken to Peacehealth for treatment. They were later released.
Cleared: Collision on SR 503 northbound at milepost 49.4 near Little Kalama River Road.
— WSDOT – Southwest (@wsdot_sw) May 5, 2018
State Route 503 was backed up with traffic for hours after the accident. Washington State Patrol said Opp will likely be charged for causing the accident. Investigators believe the accident was the result of Opp following too closely behind Schoonover’s vehicle.
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