Three injured in wreck

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WALLA WALLA -- A head-on collision just after 7 a.m. today sent three people to the hospital and closed off Highway 125 for part of the morning.

The accident happened near Harvey Shaw Road, two miles north of Walla Walla.

All three people involved were taken to Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

Injured were Cody James Lynch, 23, Waitsburg, who was driving a 1995 Chevy Cavalier, Eric Wayne Banks, 52, Walla Walla, who was driving a 2008 Honda Civic, and Banks' passenger, Charles N. Wallace, 58, of Milton-Freewater.

Information on their conditions was not available this morning, as all three were still being evaluated by emergency room staff, a supervising nurse said.

The extrication of at least one person was required, with emergency personnel removing the top of Banks' Civic.

According to a Washington State Patrol report, Lynch's car crossed over the center line and struck Banks' vehicle; "inattention" was reported as the cause.

Alfred Diaz can be reached at alfreddiaz@wwub.com or 526-8325.

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