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Four-vehicle crash including tractor north of Spokane sends four to the hospital

UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019

A four-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 396 involving a tractor nine miles north of Spokane Tuesday night sent four people to the hospital.

The crash, near Wild Rose Road, is under investigation, according to a news release from the Washington State Patrol.

Ryan J. Carpentier, 25, from Airway Heights, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu north when he rear-ended a 1993 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Jeromey R. Austin, 46, from Colbert. The collision sent Carpentier’s car into oncoming traffic, according to the news release.

Dale R. Smith, 51, driving a 2017 Toyota Prius, crashed into Carpentier’s Malibu.

A 1993 GMC Tractor, driven by Kyle M. McCrea, 24, then crashed into Carpentier’s and Smith’s car in the southbound lane.

Carpentier, Austin, McCrea and a passenger in Smith’s car, Curtis L. Vaughn, 45, were all taken to the hospital. Smith was injured but not taken to the hospital.

Providence Sacred Heart reported Vaughn in satisfactory condition on Wednesday morning but did not have any patients under Carpentier’s, Austin’s or McCrea’s names.

The incident is under investigation to determine any charges, according to the news release.

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