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Rollover crash sends six to hospitals

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A rollover auto accident near Pullman sent six people to Eastern Washington hospitals early Sunday, including three with critical injuries who were flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

All were in a 1996 Jeep Cherokee driven by 20-year-old Elby C. Farrwood, of Pullman, that overturned along state Highway 194 about 5:25 a.m., according to the Washington State Patrol. Farrwood, who was wearing a seat belt, was treated at Pullman Hospital for cuts and bruises, then released.

Katherine R. Russell, 17, of Pullman, suffered neck injuries, including a puncture wound, facial fractures, and a bruised lung, the WSP said. Amanda J. Styer, 20, of Palouse, suffered head and internal injuries, and spinal fractures. Both were listed in critical condition Sunday night at Sacred Heart. A third passenger flown to Sacred Heart, 21-year-old Anthony L. Dickson, of Pullman, was listed in serious condition with a broken collarbone and spinal fractures. None wore a seat belt, troopers said.

In addition to Farrwood, two others were treated at Pullman Hospital and released, a nursing official said. Zachary T. Barnes, 20, of Pullman, suffered a fractured pelvis and bruised lung. Hayley M. Maclean, 21, of Pullman, reportedly suffered bruises to her hips and chest.

According to the WSP, the Jeep was westbound and rolled out of control in a curve. Troopers believe the driver overcorrected, sending the Jeep crashing into a ditch along the eastbound lane. The WSP suspects alcohol use may have contributed to the accident.

Elida S. Perez


Man, girl injured in motorcycle crash

A motorcycle crash early Sunday along Interstate 90 sent two people to Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Donald L. Ryther, 51, of Spokane, suffered unspecified injuries in the 4:44 a.m. accident near the Hamilton exit, according to the Washington State Patrol. He was treated, then released, according to a nursing supervisor.

The condition of Ryther’s passenger, identified only as a 14-year-old girl, was unavailable.

According to the WSP, the pair was eastbound on the freeway when the motorcycle veered off the road and struck a barrel. Both were thrown to the pavement.

– Elida S. Perez

Sherman Pass, Wash.

Injured woman rescued after falling off mule

A crew from Fairchild Air Force Base helped rescue an injured woman stranded in the wilderness near Sherman Pass.

The woman, described by Stevens County authorities as 18 to 20 years old, apparently fell off of a mule Saturday as it jumped a log, sending her crashing down onto another log. Authorities said she landed on her back but remained conscious.

Medics were able to reach her but were unable to transport her off the mountain.

The Air Force crew managed to land its UH-1N Huey within 100 feet of the woman, who was stranded about five miles north of Sherman Pass, according to the Air Force. The landing area was surrounded by 100-foot trees on steep, rocky terrain.

– Elida S. Perez


Missing priest, friend found dead in car

The search for a missing Jesuit priest and a female friend from California ended Sunday when searchers found their car and their bodies in a ditch off Highway 26 in northwest Oregon.

The Civil Air Patrol spotted the pair’s car at 2 p.m. Sunday, roughly 25 miles east of Seaside, said Sheriff Todd Anderson of Tillamook County.

A Clatsop County deputy then found the bodies of David Schwartz, 52, and Cheryl Gibbs, 61. Anderson said it appeared that Schwartz and Gibbs had been traveling east toward Portland when they veered off the road and rolled once or twice.

The car, a 2005 Toyota Corolla, came to a stop 20 yards from the highway in an area not visible to other motorists, said Sheriff Tom Bergin of Clatsop County.

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