Wednesday, September 8, 2004
On Sept. 2, 2004 at approximately 11:50 a.m., the Washington State Patrol and Department of Transportation responded to a report of a semi-truck rollover collision on SR 14 near Wishram.
Timothy Murry, 52, Spokane, was driving a 1996 Peterbilt 3-axle semi-truck eastbound on SR 14, pulling two flat bed trailers loaded with wood and Styrofoam. As he entered the curve in the road where it is designated a 35 mph caution speed, the combination left the road to the right across the white painted road edge line and drove off the roadway.
The rear trailer of the combination then overturned spilling the foam/wood onto the highway and colliding with the guardrail.
Murry was not injured in the collision and had been wearing his seatbelt.
The combination was towed away from the scene by Joe's Towing.
"The cause of the collision can be attributed to speed too fast," according to Trooper Blain of WSP.
The vehicle and its trailers were held for equipment inspections to be performed by WSP commercial Vehicles Enforcement Officers due to the concern of possible equipment and safety violations on the combination.
A Washougal man was transported to Providence Hood River Hospital on Sept. 2, 2004, following a vehicle/semi accident on SR 14 near milepost 42.
According to the report, a 2003 Freightliner/trailer driven by Jimmy D. Smith, 57, Mesa, Ariz., was traveling eastbound on SR 14. The vehicle slowed to make a left turn into Ash Lake turnout. A 1995 Suzuki Swift, driven by Richard J. Callant, 52, Washougal, attempted to stop to avoid the semi. The Suzuki skidded, striking the rear of the trailer.
The eastbound lane was closed for a short time and traffic was directed around the scene.
Callant was transported to Hood River with possible neck and back injuries. Smith was not injured in the accident. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.
The collision is still under investigation.
Loretta Hornibrook, 42, Goldendale, died at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, following a one-vehicle accident two miles north of SR 142 in Goldendale on Sept. 4, 2004.
According to the report, Hornibrook was driving a 2002 Honda Civic northbound on Knight Road, when the vehicle veered west and left the roadway. The vehicle then rolled multiple times, ejecting the driver who was not wearing a seatbelt. The vehicle then came to rest several feet off the roadway.
A passenger in the vehicle -- Jonas Hernandez, 21, Goldendale, suffered minor injuries in the accident and was transported to Klickitat Valley Hospital. Hernandez was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
There are no charges pending at this time, but the cause of the collision is under investigation.