Several people went to the hospital after an SUV crashed into the back of another SUV on Highway 20 at Benton. The SUV that was hit from behind was fully stopped in stalled traffic that ran all the way east to the stop light at John Moore Road and 20.
Both vehicles had a toddler in them. The one in the SUV that did the ramming suffered minor injuries caused by its car seatbelts. Mom was shaken up and complained of nausea, but otherwise she’s okay.
The big traffic backup from John Moore nearly to 101 was caused by a blockage on 20 farther east a mile east of Newport as fire fighters were extinguishing a large burn barrel fire that got too large, putting out a lot of smoke.