Crash involving STA van sends 3 to hospital

SPOKANE, Wash. - A serious crash involving a Spokane Transit van sent three people to the hospital Wednesday morning.

Lorna Fourstar, 41, was driving the STA Paratransit van near Regina and Highway 395 around 9 a.m. Wednesday. Washington State Patrol said Fourstar was crossing teh highway from west to east on Regina and pulled out in front of a Ford SUV driven by 40-year-old James Teller.

Teller was unable to stop and ran into the side of the STA van, crushing the driver's side door of the van so badly that firefighters needed equipment to remove it.

"The first arriving engine got on scene and requested two more ambulances and an additional engine," Capt. Nathan Jeffries, Spokane County Fire District 9, said. "They had patient that had to be cut out of the vehicle."

Fourstar, Teller and a passenger in the van were taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.