Centralia Fireman Chad Gormann says the vehicle's occupants are "Lucky to be alive".
UPS Truck and SUV Crash in Centralia; Three InjuredA fiery crash between a UPS semi-truck and an SUV in Centralia Monday afternoon trapped two and sent three to St. Mary's Hospital for treatment.
An SUV driven by 20-year-old Chelsea Branch of Tracy Terrace in Centralia caught fire after colliding with the UPS truck at the South Poplar and Fifth Street intersection. Details on how the accident occurred are still not available from Centralia Police, but police say Branch was ticketed for having defective brakes.
The Centralia Fire Department reports Branch and one of the passengers in the SUV, 30-year-old Dane Hayes of Pear Road in Kell, were trapped inside. A third occupant, 30-year-old Rachael Crain of Lazy Acre Road in Salem, was able to escape the vehicle through a back window.
The driver of the UPS truck, 36-year-old David Schaefer of Bonnie is credited by firefighters for putting out the fire using the fire extinguisher from his truck cab. Branch and Hays were extricated by Centralia city firemen and taken to St. Mary's Hospital along with Crain.
Schaefer refused medical treatment at the scene.
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Police Beat for Thursday, July 24th, 2014