Port Angeles firefighters pull the roof from a sport utility vehicle to remove the driver and a firefighter inside rendering aid after the SUV ended up on its side after being involved in a two-car collision Wednesday at Fifth and Peabody streets in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Port Angeles firefighters pull the roof from a sport utility vehicle to remove the driver and a firefighter inside rendering aid after the SUV ended up on its side after being involved in a two-car collision Wednesday at Fifth and Peabody streets in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Police: Sequim woman hurt in collision at Port Angeles intersection by red-light runner

PORT ANGELES — A 62-year-old Sequim woman was in satisfactory condition Wednesday afternoon at Olympic Medical Center after her vehicle had to be cut open to extricate her following a collision at Fifth and Peabody streets.

The driver who struck her car, causing the rollover, had run a red light, Port Angeles Police Sgt. Jason Viada said.

Barbara Ward was eastbound on Fifth Street at about 11:20 a.m. Wednesday when her 1998 Honda Passport was struck by a 2001 Buick LeSabre driven by Hazel Vail, 92, of Port Angeles, who was northbound on Peabody Street.

Viada said Vail, who was not hurt, was cited for failing to obey a traffic signal, which carries a $187 fine.

Viada said the front portion of Vail’s car struck the rear passenger fender of Ward’s car, spinning it around and out of control before the Honda came to rest south of Fifth Street.

Ward was unable to get out of the Honda due to her injury and damage to the vehicle.

“The fire department had to cut the roof away to get Ward out,” Viada said.

Fire Department Capt. James Mason said Ward’s vehicle was stabilized with struts before posts around the cab were cut and the roof peeled back to pull Ward out of the vehicle.

“She was stable while she was in our care,” Mason said.

Vail’s car was damaged but drivable, Viada said.

Viada said neither drugs nor alcohol was involved in the wreck.

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Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at pgottlieb@peninsuladailynews.com.

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