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A Bremerton man was injured in a one-vehicle accident on Nov. 22, 2006, at approximately 11:45 p.m. on State Route 141, 20 miles north of White Salmon.

According to the report, a 1964 International Scout driven by Forrest R. Padden, 21, Seabeck, was northbound on SR 141. Padden lost control of the vehicle on the icy roadway. The vehicle went off the roadway to the west and overturned.

Padden was not injured. Jeffrey R. Thatcher, 23, suffered head and back injuries and was transported to Skyline Hospital.

Padden was cited for negligent driving.

State Trooper Cashatt responded to a two-vehicle accident on Nov. 22, 2006, at 7:10 p.m. on SR 97, 10 miles south of Goldendale.

According to the report, a 1985 Camaro driven by Jeffrey B. Greene, 49, Rufus, Ore., and a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Robert M. Squires, 37, Goldendale, were both northbound on SR 97. Greene lost control of his vehicle and forced Squires' vehicle into the guardrail, trapping all occupants.

Greene fled the scene on foot and was later apprehended. He was arrested for DUI, hit and run, obstructing law enforcement and driving with a suspended license.

Neither Greene nor Squires were injured in the accident.

The Goldendale Police Department responded to milepost 7 on SR 97, 5 miles south of Goldendale, on Nov. 26, at 12:25 p.m. to assist state patrol with a collision involving an unoccupied patrol car.

According to the report, the patrol car was park on the northbound shoulder with lights and emergency equipment activated. The trooper was directing traffic adjacent to the patrol car.

A Bishop Tow Truck, driven by Richard E. Schaeffer, 48, Rufus, was northbound on SR 97 and braked due to the traffic control. The tow truck veered to the right, striking the patrol car.

No injuries were reported in the accident.

A multiple car accident occurred on Nov. 26, 2006, at approximately 1:05 p.m. on SR 97 at milepost 7, five miles south of Goldendale, as a result of a prior collision on the roadway.

According to the report, Rodney S. Stanton, 52, Wenatchee, had his Chevrolet Tahoe stopped northbound on SR97 in lane two for a collision ahead. Dana M. Laton, 37, Yakima, had her Ford Explorer stopped northbound on SR 97 in lane one adjacent to the Tahoe. A third car, a Kia Sedona driven by Paul L. Pshusta, 51, Ellensburg, was stopped behind the Tahoe in lane two. An Audi driven by Richard D. Golphenee, 40, Yakima, was traveling northbound on SR 97 and struck the Kia Sedona from behind. The Kia then struck both the Tahoe and the Explorer from behind.

The roadway was wet and visibility was limited due to extremely foggy conditions at the time of the accident.

The highway was blocked for approximately 20 minutes.

Golphenee suffered chest, hip and knee pain in the accident, but refused aid. Pshusta had a disabling neck injury, a bruised left leg and a sore right shoulder and was transported by aid car to Klickitat Valley Hospital in Goldendale. Neither Stanton, nor Laton were injured. Dana L. Dutcher, 53, Wenatchee, and a passenger in the Tahoe, suffered a bump on her forward. She was not transported.

Golphenee was cited for speeding too fast for conditions.


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