3-car wreck near Washougal, Washington caused by dog and following too closely

Gisela Weber of Portland, Oregon was hit from behind by a Dodge Ram pickup truck which was then hit by a GMC pickup. The Washington State Patrol said Weber may have slowed on westbound Highway 14 near milepost 23 to avoid a dog on the highway. Weber was taken to Southwest Washington Medical Center for neck injuries. Police said her 2006 Nissan Murano was totaled.

Charles Nosler of Vancouver who was driving a Dodge Ram and Jeffrey Harrison of Vancouver who was driving the GMC pickup were both cited for “following too closely” reported The Columbian. The Washington State Vehicle code, WPI 70.04, Duty of the Following Driver, says that a driver should not follow another vehicle more closely than is “reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of the vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the street or highway.” When a vehicle is following another vehicle and they are in a collission, the duty of avoiding the collision is on the following driver.

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