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UPDATE: 2 Sent To Hospital After Head-On Crash Near Eloika Lake

UPDATE: WSP reports that 24-year old Sean Grace, who was driving the black Ford Exlporer, was transported to Holy Family Hospital. 35-year-old Brent Williams who was driving the Nissan Frontier was not injured but his 15-year-old passenger was seriously hurt and was transported to Sacred Heat by MedStar. Her condition at this hour is unknown.

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NEAR ELOIKA LAKE, Wash. - Two people are in the hospital recovering from serious injuries after a head-on collision Thursday night on Highway 2 near the Spokane-Pend Oreille County Line. Investigators said a man driving a Ford Explorer crossed the center line on Highway 2 crashing head-on into a Nissan pick-up truck hauling a pop-top camper with a father and daughter inside.

The father and daughter were headed to a camping trip with their two dogs when troopers said the driver of the Explorer crossed so far over into the other lane, that the passenger sides of both SUVS ended up side-swiping. As of Thursday night no names had been released.

Troopers said the man driving the Explorer claimed to have fallen asleep behind the wheel. They are still investigating the exact cause of the crash, but as of Thursday evening Troopers said they were calling the crash a "vehicular assault" case.

First responders spent a significant amount of time pulling the daughter from the Nissan before she was air-lifted to Sacred Heard Medical Center. Troopers said she was conscious and alert at the scene. Her dad, the driver of the Nissan, was ok.

The driver of the Explorer was also taken to the hospital. At this point, State Patrol believes everyone is expected to survive including the two dogs in the camper, one of which had a broken leg. The damage in the crash was extensive.

The collision sheered the pop-top trailer in half, spilling its contents out all over the road. Trooper Chris Stone said, "One of the witnesses said he just saw a big explosion of debris. Everyone that I've spoken with said the same thing - that the Explorer came across the center line and the Nissan tried to avoid a collision and they ended up hitting."

Troopers at the scene did not know if drugs or alcohol were involved.

This story was filed by KHQ Local News Reporter Chelsea Kopta

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