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He ran a stop sign and hit a school bus full of wrestlers, State Patrol says

Seven people, including five youths, were injured in a crash in rural Skagit County Tuesday night.
Seven people, including five youths, were injured in a crash in rural Skagit County Tuesday night. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A Sedro-Woolley man is facing felony charges in a DUI wreck that injured seven people, including five youths, in rural Skagit County on Tuesday evening, authorities said.

Justin J. Rodgers, 47, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he ran a stop sign about 7:13 p.m. and slammed into a Concrete School District transport bus with five members of the high school wrestling team aboard, according to a Washington State Patrol report.

“This evening some of our wresting students and adults were involved in an accident near Pinelli Road,” the Concrete School District said on its website Tuesday. “We would like to report that they are OK but that they are being taken to the hospital as a precaution to be checked out.”

Four wrestlers and the driver of the Concrete Schools vehicle were injured, along with Rodgers and a passenger in his truck.

One wrestler in the Concrete Schools vehicle was uninjured.

State Trooper Heather Axtman said the names and ages of the teens and the passenger in Rodgers’ pickup were withheld because they are under 18.

Rodgers and his passenger, a 7-year-old girl, were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

A Harborview official said Rodgers was in critical condition and the girl was in serious condition. Both were in intensive care.

Driver of the bus, Donald L. Olmstead, 41, of Concrete, was taken to Skagit Valley Hospital, along with four of his five passengers.

According to the state patrol report, Rodgers was northbound on Pinelli Road in a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado. The wrestlers, in a 2008 Chevrolet Suburban, were eastbound on state Highway 20 approaching Pinelli Road.

Rodgers ran the stop sign and hit the Concrete Schools vehicle, the report indicated.

Pinelli Road is near the village of Hamilton, between Sedro-Woolley and Concrete.

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Seven people, including five youths, were injured in a crash in rural Skagit County Tuesday night. Washington State Patrol Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

An investigating trooper cited “failure to yield at stop sign/ driving under the influence” as the cause of the crash. Rodgers was arrested for vehicular assault, a class B felony.

All eight people in the two vehicles were wearing seat belts, according to the report.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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