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WSP trooper, two others injured in Stevens County crash

SPOKANE — A Washington State Patrol trooper and two others were injured in a collision Wednesday night on Highway 395 in Stevens County, two miles south of Loon Lake.

The trooper, Jeffrey T. Evers, 32, of Colville, was headed north on Highway 395 when he initiated a U-turn and was hit by another car, a news release from the WSP said. Evers’ patrol car, a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, was fully marked and emergency lights were activated, the release said.

The other car, a 1963 Plymouth Valiant, was driven by Jeffery P. Patterson, 52, of Northport. Opal K. Simpson, 48, also of Northport, was a passenger in that car.

The trooper was treated at Holy Family Hospital for neck pain and released. Patterson was injured, but not taken to the hospital. Simpson, the only person not wearing a seat belt, was injured and taken to Holy Family, the release said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.