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A wrong-way driver was killed and a 17-year-old Woodland girl suffered serious injuries Monday evening in a head-on collision on Interstate 5 in Vancouver.

The girl, Chloe Yates, was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and was scheduled for surgery Monday night with internal injuries and multiple fractures on her legs and arm, according to the Washington State Patrol. She remained in critical condition Tuesday afternoon.

The crash occurred at about 8:40 p.m. Monday when Seth J. Cusick, 43, of Vancouver allegedly entered the freeway using an off-ramp at 179th Street, according to initial witness reports.

After driving southbound on I-5 north for about a mile, Cusick’s 2011 Ford Escape collided with Yates’ 2000 Volkswagen Jetta in a northbound lane near the 134th Street exit.

Cusick died at the scene, WSP said.

At this point, investigators are uncertain why Cusick’s vehicle was travelling the wrong way, WSP Trooper William Finn said. WSP is also waiting for official toxicology reports before commenting on whether a medical event, drugs or alcohol were contributing factors, Finn said.

An official report from a medical examiner will take approximately 30 to 45 days to complete, Finn said.



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