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A multi car crash on Highway 218 near Riverside yesterday sent a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy and a motorist to the hospital. Sheriff Jerry Dunbar says his office was assisting two vehicles that had slid into the median when a semi lost control and smashed into a police vehicle. Dunbar says Sergeant Darren Denler saw the tractor trailer coming over his shoulder and was able to react quickly to avoid being hit. Deputy Brandon Hamilton was sitting in Denler’s vehicle when it was hit. He was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital. After the semi struck Denler’s car, another vehicle lost control crossed the median and struck another vehicle. Dennis Stull of Cedar Rapids was also taken to the University of Iowa Hospital and was treated and released.