BRIDGEPORT BAR – Three people, including a 12-year-old girl, were injured May 29 in a three-vehicle accident on Highway 173.
Alex G. Martinez Oros, 27, Omak, was traveling south at 7:22 p.m. when his car crossed the centerline in a curve and collided with a northbound SUV driven by Cesar E. Arreola, 43, Bridgeport, said the Washington State Patrol.
Martinez Oros’ vehicle continued south in the northbound lane and collided with a northbound SUV driven by Blanca E. Aparicio Hernandez, 40, Bridgeport, the patrol said.
Martinez Oros, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected when his vehicle went off the road and onto the northbound shoulder. The vehicle came to rest in a field and caught on fire.
Arreola’s vehicle came to rest facing south in the northbound lane. Aparicio Hernandez’ vehicle came to rest in a field off the northbound shoulder.
Martinez Oros was airlifted to Central Washington Hospital, Wenatchee. He was cited for driving under the influence, reckless driving and speeding, the patrol said.
Arreola, who was wearing a seatbelt, was not injured.
Aparicio Hernandez was injured and was taken by ambulance to Three Rivers Hospital, Brewster. She was wearing a seatbelt.
A passenger in her car, a 12-year-old girl who was not identified by the patrol, also was injured and was taken by ambulance to the Brewster hospital. She was wearing a seatbelt.
Martinez Oroso and Arreola’s vehicles were damaged. Aparicio Hernandez’ SUV was destroyed, the patrol said.
The highway was closed until 10:48 p.m., said the state Department of Transportation.