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WSP: Studded tires, negligent driving caused crash

An Elk man driving with studded tires caused a three-car crash on Highway 2 near Newport this morning.

Joshua R. Wooley-Harvey, 21, was taken to Deaconess Medical Center in a MedStar helicopter after his eastbound 2005 Hyundai Elantra slammed into the back of a 1995 Chevy driven by Larry D. Moore, 47, of Newport, according to Washington State Patrol.

Moore was attempting to turn left into a private driveway when the crash occurred at milepost 328 near Coyote Trail, six miles west of Newport, according to WSP.

Wooley-Harvey then went into oncoming traffic, striking a westbound 1998 Chevy driven by Holly L. Edwards, 18, of Usk, WSP said.

Wooley-Harvey was cited for negligent driving and driving with studded tires, which troopers think contributed to him not stopping in time.

All three were transported to hospitals, but none of the injuries was considered life threatening.

Washington requires drivers to remove studded tires by April 1.