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Drivers escape harm as three trucks involved in pinball-like accident on SR97 at Goldendale

 

Rachel Olp

NEAR DISASTER: A Freightliner truck and trailer were removed from SR97 after crashing through the guardrail. The truck struck a DNR fire truck which had pulled onto the highway, then struck another semi in the left turn lane.

There was mayhem at the intersection of SR97 and Broadway last Thursday as three vehicles became involved in an accident when a DNR fire truck pulled out in front of a speeding semi.

According to the Washington State Patrol report, a DNR fire truck driven by Jose R. Terrazas, 23, turned from Broadway onto southbound SR97. A 1998 Freightliner driven by Rory S. Sofranko, 44, of Battle Ground overtook the DNR truck and struck it in the left rear while trying to take evasive action. The DNR truck was propelled into the southbound guardrail.

The Freightliner then struck a northbound 1999 Peterbuilt waiting to turn left on Broadway. The Freightliner bounced off the Peterbuilt and crashed through the southbound guardrail.

None of the drivers or passengers were injured and the Peterbuilt and DNR trucks were driven from the scene. Sofranko was charged with excessive speed.

 

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