Driver airlifted after crash with semi

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Trooper John Bryant/courtesy photo One person was seriously injured in a collision near Wanapum Village on Tuesday.

WANAPUM VILLAGE — Both directions of traffic were temporarily closed on state Route 243 Tuesday morning after a passenger vehicle struck a guardrail and then swerved into the rear of a semi.


The passenger vehicle was totaled and the driver, identified as Gaspar Mendoza, 62, of Mattawa, had to be extricated using the jaws of life by responding firefighters. Mendoza did not receive life threatening injuries, but was transported by Life Flight to a Wenatchee-area hospital for treatment. Both lanes of traffic were closed for around two hours but reopened by 1 p.m.


The semi-truck was inspected and reportedly sustained no serious damage. The truck driver, identified as Alejandro Buenrostra, 43, of Quincy, similarly did not sustain serious injuries, according to the Washington State Patrol.


— Staff report

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