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WJBD - Local News - Centralia Accidents Injure Two, Include a Four Car Pileup

Some of the vehicles involved in a four vehicle chain reaction on East McCord Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Tim Ferguson.

Centralia Firefighters assist one of those involved in a second wreck on East McCord Street Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Tim Ferguson.

Centralia Accidents Injure Two, Include a Four Car Pileup

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Centralia Police say two people were injured in two accidents involving a total of six vehicles on Route 161 on the east side of Centralia late Wednesday afternoon.    The first crash occurred when traffic slowed at McCord and Park Lane.  A car driven by 33-year-old Nicole Howes of Deerwood Mobile Home Park in Centralia could not stop in time and started a chain reaction crash.  She first ran into the rear of a car driven by 21-year-old Chelsea Miller of Mercer Farm Road in Centralia, pushing it into a pickup truck in front of her driven by 26-year-old Drew Sanders.   The Sanders' pickup was then pushed into a car driven by 58-year-old Mary Martin of East Sixth in Centralia.    Miller was taken to St. Mary's Hospital for treatment.  Howes was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.  Sanders and Martin were ticketed for no insurance.

The second crash occurred as traffic backed up on westbound East McCord Street in front of South Central Transit.   Police say a car driven by 18-year-old Amber Cranford of Fairway Drive in Centralia hit the rear of a pickup stopped in traffic in front of her driven by 24-year-old Jack Lincoln of Persimmon Road in Centralia.    Police say Cranford was taken to St. Mary's Hospital for treatment of injuries.  She was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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