One man suffered serious injury and the other only minor injury when they were involved in a vehicle/dump truck accident on Sept. 26, 2001, near milepost 23 on state Route 14 (near Cape Horn).
According to the accident report, a 1991 Ford Escort driven by 21-year-old Paul A. Dennis was westbound on SR 14 near at approximately 10:49 p.m. At the same time, a 1997 Kenworth dump truck driven by Brian J. Thiel, 30, Tacoma was eastbound. Both vehicles entered a curve and collided in the eastbound lane.
Skamania County EMS responded, and with assistance from Skamania County Fire District #4, Clark County Fire District #1 and Washougal Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to extricate Dennis from his vehicle.
Dennis was transported to Mt. Pleasant School and was then flown by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. He sustained injuries to his head, chest, pelvis and legs.
Dennis' vehicle was totaled in the accident.
Thiel suffered minor injuries and refused transport. His dump truck sustained $7,000 damage.
A 25-year-old Stevenson man was transported to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver Sept. 25, following a three-vehicle accident on SR 14 at Cape Horn near milepost 26.
A 1996 Peterbilt dump truck driving by Michael S. Dunn, 37, Kelso, was eastbound on SR 14 at approximately 3:30 p.m. A 1990 Civic driven by Jad K. Shipman, 25, Stevenson, was westbound on SR 14. The two vehicles collided in the westbound lane.
The dump truck continued east in the westbound lane when the truck and trailer separated. The tractor rolled onto its side, spilling a load of sludge onto SR 14. A third vehicle, a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder driven by Ted Johnson, 52, of North Bonneville, impacted with the sludge.
Neither Johnson nor Dunn were injured in the accident.
The dump truck and Civic were both totaled. The Pathfinder sustained $200 damage and was driven from the scene.