Five-car crash near Castle Rock caused by weather

Story Highlights:
Four injured in Castle Rock collision
Motor vehicle accident caused by severe weather
Second hail-related collision this month

Date: April 17, 2011, 04/17/2011
Location: Castle Rock, Cowlitz County, Washington
Type: Motor vehicle collision, Car accident
Outcome: Four injured

Five cars were involved in a collision on Interstate 5 near Castle rock on Sunday afternoon due to severe weather conditions.

Around 5 p.m. on northbound Interstate 5, 21-year-old Katie Maxie hit a patch of hailstones and lost control. Her car spun around and struck 68-year-old Thomas Markley.

As Peter Mark, 53, slowed down as he approached the collision, he was struck from behing by 88-year-old Charles Wilson.

Jo Ann Jennings, 66, swerved to avoid Mark and Wilson and crashed her vehicle in to a Department of Transportation road sign.

Maxie injured her chest and foot and Markley had abdominal injuries. Wilson had leg pain and his passenger, 87-year-old Frances Wilson suffered a facial injury. All victims were treated at St. John Medical Center then released.

No citations were issued and all parties were wearing seat belts.

Castle Rock Fatal Accident Statistics
Fatal accident count: 4
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 5
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 3
Fatalities: 5
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 7
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 0

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