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One injured in rear-end crash

Modified: Friday, Oct 12th, 2012

The parking lot at the intersection of Sixth St. and Highway 101 was full of emergency response personnel just before 12 p.m. on Oct. 12, as three vehicles from Newport Fire Department, medical personnel from Pacific West Ambulance and Newport Police officers responded to a rear-end crash on the first wet day of the season. (Photo by April Bamburg)

Officials urge caution on wet roads

A two-vehicle crash sent one individual to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital with minor injuries on Oct. 12, said Lt. Jason Malloy, of the Newport Police Department.

The crash occurred at the intersection of NE Sixth Street, and Highway 101 about 11:50 a.m. Friday when a van rear-ended a passenger vehicle. Neither Malloy nor Newport Fire Department Engineer Chris Rampley knew the direction the vehicles were traveling at the time of the accident. Rampley said that the passenger car occupants saw the van approaching from behind. “They knew they were going to get hit,” Rampley said. “The driver of the van just couldn’t stop.”

Four people were in the vehicle that was rear-ended. One of them was transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital with minor injuries.

“On the first rainy day in over 100 days, I’d say the rain was a factor,” Rampley said. “People are used to driving on dry roads and they need to use more caution.”

The Newport Fire Department reminds drivers to take caution and remember that it takes longer to stop when the roads are wet.

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