Collision south of Toppenish leaves one injured, car totaled


TOPPENISH, Wash. — A Union Gap resident was injured in a car collision on State Route 97 near Toppenish on Friday morning. Washington State Patrol (WSP) investigators believe that the incident was caused by a failure to yield the right of way.

According to an investigation by the WSP, a 65-year-old driver from Mabton was driving westbound on Larue Rd, roughly a mile outside of Toppenish. The victim, a 56-year-old man from Union Gap, was headed southbound on SR 97 approaching the intersection at Larue Rd.

WSP officials determined that the first vehicle failed to yield to the right of way and crashed into the victim’s vehicle at an intersection. The victim was promptly transported to Astria Toppenish Hospital, where he is being treated for his injuries.

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No details have been released regarding the extent of these injuries or whether they are life-threatening.

However, state patrol determined that there were no drugs or alcohol involved in this incident. Both drivers wore their seatbelts and the responsible driver was not injured in the crash. Officials say the man drove his Ford F-150 away from the scene of the accident, but the victim’s Fiat 500 was reportedly totalled in the accident.

This is a developing story. An update will be provided if/when further information comes to light.


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