$n$ Four-car crash snarls traffic on Second Avenue in Walla Walla

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WALLA WALLA -- A four-car pileup along Second Avenue on Tuesday caused no serious injuries but snarled traffic for a portion of the afternoon, officials said.

One vehicle reportedly rear-ended another, causing a chain reaction among the vehicles stopped in the roadway around 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, said Walla Walla Police spokesman Tim Bennett.

According to the police report, Walla Walla resident Wendy Bergevin, 39, was stopped at Second Avenue and Cherokee Street to make a left-hand turn at the intersection. Two vehicles had stopped in the roadway behind her when a 2007 Subaru four-door Impreza driven by Esther Galicia of Dayton approached.

Galicia struck a 1995 Mercedes driven by Aksana Gorkovchenko, 17, of College Place. The impact pushed Gorkovchenko's vehicle into the 1999 Volkswagen Beetle driven by 32-year-old Dustin Funderburg of Walla Walla. Funderburg then struck Bergevin's 2005 GMC sport utility vehicle.

The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office assisted with traffic as officials cleared the intersection. Sheriff's officials were on the scene an estimated 25 to 30 minutes. From the time of the call though the collision may have snarled traffic more than an hour, officials said.

Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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