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Pregnant woman, 2 kids among 4 people seriously injured in River Road wreck

Several injured in head-on crash on River Road

The collision involved an SUV and a car and blocked the northbound lanes near 31st Avenue East.
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The collision involved an SUV and a car and blocked the northbound lanes near 31st Avenue East.

A pregnant woman, two children and another adult suffered serious injuries in a two-car accident Sunday afternoon on River Road, said Wasington State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova.

All four were not wearing seat belts, Bova said. The children were transported to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and the adults were taken to St. Joseph Medical Center. The drivers, who also weren’t wearing seat belts, were injured and released at the scene, according to a Washington State Patrol statement.

Sunday afternoon, Bova tweeted that the 24-year-old female driver, 3-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy were OK. They were passengers in a 2001 GMC Yukon. A 33-year-old male passenger in a 2002 Audi A4 needed surgery for an aortic injury, Bova tweeted.

The collision blocked the northbound lanes near 31st Avenue East for more than two hours.

The southbound SUV was turning from the center lane across northbound lanes into Turtles Smoke Shop, said Sgt. Erick Thomas of the State Patrol. “The SUV failed to yield to the car, turned in front of it and the car struck the side of the SUV,” Thomas said.

Riverside Fire & Rescue responded to the accident.

Washington State Patrol is investigating the accident.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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