On Sunday, Feb. 18, I-5 was closed in both directions near Winlock/Toledo due to a four-car pileup due to snow in the area. Several vehicles were totaled and two people were sent to Providence Hospital in Centralia.
Brandon Ault, age 39, of Grayland, Washington, was northbound on I-5 and struck a car operated by Jeanie Ross, age 65, of Anderson Island, Washington, at milepost 62.9. This caused a chain reaction which involved two additional cars. Lydia Stewart, age 30, of Seattle, was hit by Ms. Ross who then hit the fourth car driven by Heidi Vogl, age 44, of Everett.
The two people taken to the hospital were Jeanie Ross and Lisa Ault, a passenger in the vehicle driven by Brandon Ault. Their conditions are not known at this time. Three vehicles were totaled, those of Ault, Ross and Stewart. Vogl's vehicle was driven from the scene.
Officers determined Ault was driving too fast for conditions. It was reported that Ault tried to avoid hitting slow vehicles due to snow in the area. Ault was cited for negligent driving.
Snow is forecasted in the area for the next week. Please use caution, especially when driving in rain, snow and icy conditions.