(George, WA) – Two adults and two children died and one person was injured this morning as the result of a two-vehicle collision west of George.
Around 8 a.m., emergency responders were summoned to County Road 1-Northwest and Beverly-Burke Road Northwest. A full-size sport utility vehicle carrying a man, a woman and two children collided at the intersection with a compact hatchback vehicle driven by a woman.
The SUV then struck a guardrail and continued a short distance before travelling into a full and flowing irrigation canal. The SUV submerged and was pulled about 100 yards downstream with the current. Rescuers were able to remove all the occupants of the SUV, but sadly the man and woman died at the scene and the two children later died at Quincy Valley Medical Center.
The driver of the hatchback suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Quincy Valley Medical Center.
Coroner Craig Morrison has custody of the four remains and will release their identities once confirmed and family has been notified.
“In my 21 years in law enforcement, this is the most tragic, single incident I have ever been to,” said Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones. “My heart is filled with sorrow, and I pray for peace and comfort for the surviving family members.”
Grant County Sheriff’s Motor Traffic Unit is investigating. More information will be released Monday.
UPDATE: Tuesday Morning:
Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison this morning released the names of a Stanwood, Washington family killed in a car crash yesterday morning near George.
• Dioselina Buenrostro, 33-year-old female
• Gabriel Ochoa, 35-year-old male
• Yesenia “Jessie” Ochoa, 4-year-old female
• Sandra Ochoa, 9-year-old female
Coroner Morrison’s staff will conduct autopsies on these victims and will later release causes and manners of death.