Traffic on the Woodinville-Duvall Road was halted for several hours yesterday after a crash that sent three people to hospitals and left...

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Traffic on the Woodinville-Duvall Road was halted for several hours yesterday after a crash that sent three people to hospitals and left a van driver blessing his safety belt.

One of the victims was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life-threatening injuries, said Deputy Joe Winters of the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The collision took place about 1:45 p.m. at 160th Avenue Northeast and the Woodinville-Duvall Road, near Lake Leota, Winters said.

A sedan with three occupants was turning west from 160th Avenue onto the Woodinville-Duvall Road, and the van was headed east on the Woodinville-Duvall Road.

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“It turned right in front of him,” Winters said.

The sedan came to rest upright on the north side of the Woodinville-Duvall Road. The van wound up on its side several hundred feet east of the sedan, and its roof rack was torn off.

The driver of the van, who declined to give his name, said he was headed east to a painting job when the collision took place.

“The seat belt held me,” he said, showing how he ended up hanging from his safety belt inside the van. He suffered minor cuts on his arms and legs.

“I couldn’t undo the safety belt … Be thankful for seat belts,” he said.

Winters said no information on the names, ages or conditions of the sedan occupants was available. Two of the occupants were taken to Evergreen Hospital Medical Center in Kirkland.

Traffic was diverted onto other roads for about four hours as the accident was investigated and the wreckage cleared. The Woodinville-Duvall Road is a major route east from Highway 522, and roads through and near Woodinville were clogged for much of the afternoon as drivers sought alternatives.

Peyton Whitely: 206-464-2259 or pwhitely@seattletimes.com