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No injuries in firey collison on East Broadway


An impaired driver caused a collision on East Broadway, Saturday, leaving his car crumpled and burning.

According to Goldendale Police, Austin Howtopat, 50, of Wapato, was under the influence of alcohol when he rear-ended a car driven by Linda McClusker, of Goldendale. McClusker was westbound on Broadway when she stopped behind a car waiting to turn left onto the Bickleton Highway. According to the police report, there were no indications Howtopat even attempted to stop before slamming into the back of McClusker’s car.

The responding police officer extinguished the fire under the hood of Howtopat’s car with final mop-up provided by the Goldendale Fire Department. Howtopat claimed that...

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