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Car crash on I-5 near Castle Rock leaves 3 dead and 2 injured

A car accident on Interstate 5 near Castle Rock killed three people and injured two others Saturday morning.

According to Washington State Patrol, at around 8 a.m., a car was driven by 43-year-old Anna-Christie Ireland of Longview which veered into a car parked on the shoulder of the freeway, shoving it into a tow truck that was offering assistance. Ireland faces three counts of vehicular homicide.

She was admitted to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver for her injuries.

Richard H. Stoker, 55, and Karen Stoker, 54, both of Battle Ground, were pronounced dead at the scene. Travis H. Stoker, a 25-year-old Battle Ground resident and a passenger in the same car, was injured and admitted to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

Their vehicle was parked on the shoulder of the freeway near milepost 45, behind a tow truck with its lights flashing driven by Arthur E. Anderson, a 63-year-old Longview resident. Anderson died at the scene as well.

Washington State Patrol is investigating the incident. The cause behind the crash is yet to be determined.

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