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UPDATE: Spokane Man Killed In Bizarre Crash While Helping Driver

WOODLAND, Wash. -  A Spokane man died Monday evening trying to help another motorist, a Longview woman suffered a critical head injury, and a Woodland woman ended up in the Lewis River after a four-vehicle crash in the northbound lanes of I-5.

Ronnie D. Walker, 61, of Spokane man was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Washington State Patrol. Family said he was enroute to Longview to visit his dying father in the hospital. He and a brother had stopped to help other victims of a multi-car collision on I-5.

The multi-vehicle crash started when an SUV struck a barrier on the North Fork Bridge just south of Woodland around 9:30 p.m. A Dodge Durango hit the inside barrier and stopped, disabled in the left lane. Then, Walker pulled over in a Ford Focus to try and help.

A Chevrolet van coming up could not stop in time, swerved between the Focus and the left barrier, and hit the barrier. The van then struck the Durango, sending it spinning. A Dodge Ram pickup approaching the wreck was also unable to stop.

The pickup hit the Durango and also struck and killed the Spokane man, who had walked over from a car not involved in the accident, and was trying to help the other crash victims. Laura Dunham, 34, of Woodland, was either hit by a tire or jumped, and ended up in the Lewis River, according to emergency crews. She was driving the Focus.

She was rescued from the river and then transported to Southwest Washington Medical Center with internal injuries, hypothermia, broken legs and a broken arm. Sarah Aguilar, 34, of Longview, was taken to the hospital in critical condition with a head injury. She had been driving the Durango.

All lanes of northbound I-5 were blocked at the crash site for hours, according to Wash. State Dept. of Transportation. Fire crews initially said that a woman had also gone into labor during the chaos and traffic jam that followed the crash, but that turned out to be incorrect information. Authorities said Tuesday that a mother stuck in the backup did not have formula for her hungry baby so a trooper helped her out.

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