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Vancouver, WA – Multiple Injuries in I-5 North Crash at 179th Street

Vancouver, WA (January 22, 2024) –Late on Sunday, seven individuals were transported to nearby hospitals following an accident on Interstate 5 near the Clark County Fairgrounds. The incident occurred at around 9:51 p.m. when Yupada Fontung, a 33-year-old Portland resident, veered into the right shoulder, colliding with a stationary Chevrolet Silverado, which then struck a Ford F-250. Vancouver, WA – Multiple Injuries in I-5 North Crash at 179th Street The crash unfolded on I-5 North near 179th Street, as Washington State Patrol troopers confirmed. Valerie L. Bergmann, 20, the driver of the Silverado, along with passengers Bethany J. Blankenship, 40, and Jeremy Poston, 40, all from Vancouver, were transported to local hospitals for injuries. Similarly, Jason P. Lattig, 47, the driver of the Ford, along with passengers Brandon J. McGraw, 21, and Josh Thielbar, 33, all residents of Vancouver, also received medical attention. Yupada Fontung was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for injuries, and investigators have recommended charges of DUI and vehicular assault, citing drugs or alcohol as contributing factors. The Washington State Patrol is currently investigating the cause of the crash.

Our thoughts are with the individuals affected by this incident, and we hope for a swift recovery.

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