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Teens injured in crash east of Montesano

Two teens were injured after a passenger apparently grabbed the steering wheel of the car they were riding in on State Route 12 just east of Montesano, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Jessica A. Westcott, 18, of Chehalis, was driving the car eastbound when the front passenger grabbed the steering wheel, jerking the vehicle off the roadway to the right, where it struck a tree, according to the State Patrol memo.

Westcott and Brandon J. Lynch, 19, of Montesano, were injured in the crash and transported to Summit Pacific Medical Center and Grays Harbor Community Hospital, respectively.

Caleb L. Hall, 19, and a 17-year-old boy, both of Hoquiam, were also passengers but were not injured. Both were transported to Summit Pacific as a precaution, the memo stated.

No drugs or alcohol are suspected. Everyone was wearing seat belts. The cause and any charges are currently under investigation.