A collision west of Quincy sent one driver and three passengers to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries Friday morning, according to information from the Washington State Patrol.
At approximately 10:40 a.m., with rain falling, a Dodge van driven by Michael Miller, age 48, of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, was northbound on White Trail Road, WSP wrote in an email. A Peterbilt tractor-trailer driven by Timothy Moore, 53, of Ephrata, was eastbound on State Route 28.
Miller failed to yield at the intersection, WSP wrote, and the tractor-trailer struck the van at the rear door on the driver’s side.
The tractor-trailer veered northeast and off the roadway about 100 feet beyond the intersection. It stopped in an apple orchard after knocking down about 10 trees.
Miller was taken with injuries to Quincy Valley Medical Center. He was discharged to home later Friday.
Three passengers in his vehicle, all minors, were also taken to a hospital.
WSP wrote that Miller was cited for failure to yield. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.
The intersection of SR-28 and White Trail Road, aka Road U NW, is a four-way intersection with stop signs on White Trail for both northbound and southbound vehicles. The speed limit on SR-28 at that point is 60 mph.
The intersection, according to Washington State Department of Transportation, has been flagged for safety concerns, and a roundabout will be built there. The project is slated to be complete in fall 2023.