3 killed in 2-vehicle crash in central Washington
Sep. 01, 2018
TOPPENISH, Wash. (AP) — A two-vehicle crash killed three people and seriously injured two others on U.S. Highway 97 in central Washington.
Washington State Patrol tells the Yakima Herald that a van and semitrailer collided at about 5:50 a.m. Friday about 19 miles south of Toppenish.
Authorities say 54-year-old Mario Gil-Hernandez of Sacramento, California, lost control of the van and crossed into oncoming traffic.
Police say the van collided with the semitrailer driven by J.G. Bustamente of Sunnyside, Washington.
Gil-Hernandez died, and Bustamente was taken to a local hospital.
Three passengers in the van were not wearing seatbelts.
Fifty-six-year-old Ralph Schantz of Roseville, California, and 28-year-old Luis Ibarra of Cordova, California, were killed.
Twenty-eight-year-old Fernando Esparza of Sacramento, California, was taken to a nearby hospital.
The crash is under investigation.
Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com