Wednesday, December 15, 2004
At approximately 6:40 p.m., on Thursday December 9, 2004, the Washington State Patrol, Klickitat County Sheriff's Office, Klickitat Valley Hospital ambulance, and Roosevelt and Alderdale fire/rescue units responded to a report of car versus semi truck fatality collision on State Route 14 at milepost 145 in Klickitat County.
Investigation of the collision revealed that Patrick Tracy, 50, Wishram, was westbound on SR 14 driving a 1997 Dodge Intrepid. As Tracy negotiated a curve in the road to the right, he crossed over the centerline into the eastbound lane of traffic and collided with an eastbound 2002 Freightliner semi-tractor which was towing two box type trailers and being driven by Jim Holdiman, 45, Kennewick.
The impact caused approximately 250 gallons of diesel fuel to spill out onto the highway from the semi truck's fuel tanks and both lanes of SR 14 were blocked for several hours due to the collision.
Tracy was ejected from his vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene from injuries he received in the collision. The sole passenger in the vehicle Tracy was driving, Brandon Tracy, 24, Wishram,had to be extricated from the vehicle. He was airlifted from the scene to Kadlec Hospital in Richland and suffered a broken left leg, broken right ankle, closed head injury and broken neck.
Both Patrick and Brandon Tracy were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision. Holdiman was not injured and had been wearing his seatbelt.
The cause of the collision remains under investigation by the Washington State Patrol.
Minor injuries resulted in a two-vehicle accident on SR 97 with its intersection of SR 14 at the lower junction.
According to the report, Jonathon M. Sampson, 18, Pleasant Hill, Ore., was making a left turn from the stop at SR 97 to westbound SR and failed to yield to a 2004 Freightliner, driven by Ronald R. Thompkins, 51, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The semi truck was eastbound on SR 14. The semi struck Sampson's 1998 Chevrolet. Both vehicles blocked the westbound lane of SR 14 for 30 minutes.
Sampson did not suffer any injuries in the wreck. Thompkins was transported to Klickitat Valley Hospital with minor bruises. Both men were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.
Sampson was cited for failure to yield.