Wednesday, October 22, 2003
A 17-year-old North Bonneville resident was transported by LifeFlight to Emanual Hospital in Portland, following a two-vehicle accident on Oct. 16, 2003, at approximately 10:35 a.m.
According to the report, Hannah L. Hamelink, 17, North Bonneville, was driving her 1989 Chevrolet eastbound on State Route 14 near milepost 26. She entered a curve to the right and crossed the centerline. Her vehicle and that of Michael D. Pierson, 37, Hood River, collided in the westbound lane.
Pierson, driving a 1981 International truck, was not injured.
Both Hamelink and Pierson were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.
Charles Alden Walker, 50, Washougal, was transported by aid car to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver following a one-vehicle accident on SR 14 Monday, Oct. 20, at approximately 11:10 p.m.
According to the report, Walker was driving his 1992 international tractor and flatbed westbound on SR 14 near milepost 22, exciting a curve to the left. The vehicle left the roadway to the right, striking an embankment. The trailer overturned losing a full load of hay.
The vehicle came to rest blocking both eastbound and westbound lanes for travel. The roadway was closed from 11:10 p.m. to 1:09 a.m.
Walker was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
On Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Skamania County Sheriff's Office received a report of an overdue mushroom picker in the Trapper Creek Wilderness area.
Deputies from the sheriff's office responded and checked the area. Volunteer searchers from Wind River and Silver Star search teams searched the area throughout the night.
Searchers located the mushroom picker at 11 a.m. on Monday morning, Oct. 20.
The mushroom picker was identified as Alma Beaver, 41, Ontario, Ore.
She said she crossed over Forest Service Road 33 without her husband knowing it and became disoriented. She was located approximately one quarter mile from where she was last reported to have been picking mushrooms. Thick brush, fog and rain made searching difficult.
Beaver was checked for hypothermia and injuries on scene. She was reported in good condition and released to family members.