Elgin man remains in critical condition

Written by Trish Yerges, for The Observer July 04, 2014 08:56 am

Joseph Vaughan in induced coma in Walla Walla, Wash., hospital

ELGIN — A 23-year-old Elgin man remains in serious condition at a Tri-Cities, Wash., hospital following a June 21 accident on Highway 82.

Joseph Vaughan was transported by Life Flight to the Kadlec Medical Center following the early morning accident involving his Chevy pickup and a Rogator field sprayer driven by Earnie Parsons, also of Elgin. 

Vaughan is now in an induced coma after surgery and treatment for serious head injuries, a punctured lung and injuries to his vertebrae and ribs, according to Vaughan’s mother, Shara Hindman. Parsons is home recuperating from injuries incurred from the collision and being thrown out of the cab of his field sprayer. Parsons was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.

Parsons was traveling two miles east of Elgin on Highway 82 about one mile from his own residence on his way to a small spraying job with 50 gallons of Round Up solution. Weather conditions were sunny and clear at the time, and Parsons was driving on a flat stretch of the highway when he saw Vaughan approaching in his truck. Seconds later, Vaughan reportedly rear ended the sprayer, shearing off both axles and wheels on the left side of the sprayer. 

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