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Three-vehicle accident briefly interrupts Tualatin traffic

Driver found to be impaired


A three-vehicle crash caused by an impaired driver closed all lanes of Highway 99W for approximately 45 minutes on Nov. 26, Tualatin Police are reporting.

At approximately 1:10 p.m., 53-year-old Kathie Watson of Tualatin was driving a white 2011 Toyota Rav4 southbound on Southwest Cipole Road when she failed to break at a red light. Law enforcement reported that as a result, Watson “t-boned” a black 2006 Hyundai Accent as the compact sedan traveled westbound on Highway 99.

As a result of that impact, Watson’s sports utility vehicle spun out and hit a silver 2006 Hyundai Elantra also driving westbound on Highway 99.

Watson was cited for driving under the influence of intoxicants and was taken to hospital facilities at Oregon Health and Science University for treatment of injuries that were determined to not be life-threatening. The drivers of the other two cars were not injured.

All three of the vehicles had to be towed from the scene of the crash. All highway lanes were reopened after police had concluded their investigation.

No information regarding Watson's blood alcohol level at the time of the accident is available at this time.




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