It was a bad weekend for serious accidents in the region

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It was a weekend of bad vehicle crashes in North Central Washington, many of them weather-related.

On Sunday, a 5-year-old girl had to be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with critical injuries after an accident on the Beebe Bridge on Highway 97.

The wreck, shortly before 1 p.m., happened when Gray Jensen, 24, of Woodinville lost control of his 2008 Chevrolet Silverado while traveling southbound, according to the Washington State Patrol.

His truck hit the bridge, then crossed over into the northbound lane where it collided head-on with a 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer being driven by Susan Bales of Auburn.

Bales’ vehicle was then hit by a 2010 Ford Expedition being driven nouthbound by Jose Mendoza.

Bales was taken to the hospital in Chelan, while passenger Emilyiris McCraigie, also of Auburn, had to be flown to Seattle with her injuries.

Jensen was cited for driving too fast for conditions.

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I-90 shut down by multiple crashes

Interstate 90 was a driving nightmare in Grant County early Sunday evening, with several vehicles wrecking near the Winchester Rest Area west of Moses Lake.

The eastbound lanes of the interstate had to be shut down while the wreckage was cleared and de-icer applied to the roadway.

There were no serious injuries reported from the crashes.

Icy roads in Grant County also led to Quincy and Moses Lake schools being cancelled Monday.

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Wreck near Blewett Pass causes serious injuries

Saturday morning, Highway 97 was blocked for about two hours after a two-vehicle accident about five miles south of Blewett Pass.

Dawson Finley, 23, of Yakima was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries. A 74-year-old Peshastin man and 32-year-old Wenatchee woman suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

The Washington State Patrol said Dawson Finley of Yakima was driving a 1999 GMC Jimmy and attempting to pass other southbound vehicles about 10:30 a.m. when he lost control on ice and collided with a 2019 Silverado being driven northbound by William Timmermans of Peshastin.

The wreck blocked both directions of the highway until early afternoon.

70-year-old woman killed north of Coulee Dam

Friday evening, a 70-year-old Nespelem woman was killed after her car rolled on Highway 155 between Coulee Dam and Elmer City.

The Washington State Patrol says Gloria Atkins was northbound about 7:30 p.m. when her vehicle left the roadway to the right.

Her attempts to correct caused the car to roll before coming to a rest on its top on the northbound shoulder. She was declared dead at the scene.