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Three Killed in Less Than 24 Hours in Lower Valley Car Accidents

TOPPENISH, Wash - Three car accidents in less than 24 hours kill three people.  Each accident involved a car not being in the correct lane.  Also, two of the people killed did not have their seatbelt on.  Alcohol was involved in two of the collisions aswell.

One of the accidents happened last night just south of Toppenish.  A car was attempting to pass in a no passing zone.  It then collided with another vehicle coming in the opposite direction.  A sergeant for the Klickitat County Sheriffs Office was off-duty and killed in the accident.

The next incident happened outside of Whiteswan.  A women died when another car driving in the wrong lane struck her vehicle.  Four children were in each car, they were all sent to the hospital.

The thrid accident happened Thursday morning in Granger.  A man was killed after another passed over the center line and hit his vehicle.

"Having the fatalities in our area in a 24 hour period is some what unusual.  I don't personally remember the last time we've had three come at us in just the same way," says Lt. Jim Keightley of the Washington State Patrol.

In total six cars and 17 people were involved.  Thirteen were taken to the hospital and three died.