One dead, two injured in Highway 26 crash

TYLER WATSON, Evergreen reporter

A crash between two oncoming vehicles on Highway 26 left a Moscow woman dead and two WSU research assistants injured Wednesday 14 miles west of Colfax.

The crash was caused by inattention, according to a Washington State Patrol news release. Linda Hammerly, 64, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shannon Carmody, 32, a summer research assistant in the Department of Plant Pathology, and Colin Curwen-McAdams, 32, a research assistant in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, survived the crash.

Carmody was airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, according to a news release. Curwen-McAdams was transported to Whitman Community Hospital in Colfax.

Hammerly was travelling eastbound on Highway 26 in a 1995 Toyota Camry and began to drift onto the shoulder of the road, according to a news release. Hammerly then overcorrected, causing her to drive into the westbound lane, where her vehicle collided with the second vehicle, a 2009 Chevrolet Impala driven by Carmody.

State patrol units arrived at the scene at 6:19 p.m., 24 minutes after the crash, according to the state patrol’s district office. No drugs or alcohol were found at the scene.