Four hurt in Wallua Junction crash

A driver who allegedly failed to yield drove into traffic on U.S. Highway 12, leading to the crash.


WALLULA -- Four people were injured in a four-vehicle collision at Wallula Junction on Sunday, according to the Washington State Patrol. The crash was reported about 4:10 p.m., where U.S. Highways 12 and 730 merge.

Injured in the collision were: Ronley V. Larson, 48, of McMinnville, Ore., ; Diane M. Dawley, 62, of Touchet; and Dennis E. Fortney, 60, and Cheryl L. Fortney, 56, both of Walla Walla, according to the press memo. All except Larson were taken to Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla.

While Larson was reportedly taken to Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco, a spokeswoman said he was not admitted.

Dawley and the Fortneys were treated and released from St. Mary's, said a nursing supervisor this morning. It was unclear where Larson was eventually treated.

Larson, Dawley, and Dennis Fortney were each driving separate vehicles that were involved in the crash. A fourth driver, William J. Pryor, 79, and his passenger, Martha E. Pryor, 93, both of Milton-Freewater, were not injured but may have caused the crash.

According to the Washington State Patrol, Pryor was stopped at the Wallula junction at Highway 12, with Larson heading west on the highway and approaching the junction.

Pryor apparently entered the highway without yielding to Larson, causing Larson to swerve and avoid colliding with him.

Instead, Larson collided with Dawley and then Fortney, with Larson's vehicle eventually catching on fire.

Maria P. Gonzalez can be reached at or 526-8317.


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