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Rick T. Salvig, 25, Mt. Vernon, was killed when he was involved in a two-vehicle accident on Monday night, April 16, 2007, at approximately 9:04 p.m.

The accident occurred on State Route 14 at milepost 76, .5 miles east of Lyle.

According to the report, Salvig was driving his 1988 Dodge Omni eastbound on SR 14. The vehicle crossed over the centerline in the Lyle tunnel, striking the north side jersey barrier and then continuing into the front of a 1999 Freightliner track and double trailer. The semi was driven by Michael R. Gonzalez, 46, Portland.

Salvig was pronounced dead at the scene. Gonzalez was not injured.

Diana L. Teel, 59, White Salmon, was airlifted to Emanuel Hospital in Portland following a two-vehicle, head-on accident Friday, April 13, 2007, at 6:15 p.m.

The accident occurred at milepost 63.6, .5 miles west of White Salmon on SR 14.

According to the report, Teel was westbound on SR 14, driving a 1995 Ford van. Her vehicle crossed the double yellow centerline, striking a 1995 Eagle Summit, driven by Brian C. Phillips, 28, Carson. Phillips' vehicle came to rest on top of the guardrail.

Teel suffered a sore neck and leg and was transported to Skyline Hospital in White Salmon. She was then airlifted in reference to a prior surgery.

Phillips suffered a broken arm and leg and was transported to Hood River Hospital.

Jesse Reynolds, 8, White Salmon, a passenger in the Teel van, had a sore neck and was also transported to Skyline.

The roadway was totally blocked for nearly two hours.

The accident is still under investigation.

Bryan J. Litt, 50, Hood River, was transported by ambulance to Hood River Hospital, following a two-vehicle accident on Sunday, April 15, 2007, at 2:30 p.m.

The accident occurred at milepost 70, west of Bingen, on SR 14.

According to the report, Litt's 1999 Subaru Impreza was stopped in the roadway with an activated left turn signal, attempting to turn onto Country Road 8. A 1997 Toyota pickup driven by Ana A. Vargas Lopez, was eastbound on SR 14 and impacted the rear of Litt's vehicle.

Litt was transferred to Hood River hospital with bruises to the back and neck.

Vargas Lopez was not injured. Miguel A. Garcia Rodriguez, 19, a passenger in the pickup was also not injured.

Vargas Lopez is charged with negligent driving.

Three separate motorcycle accidents occurred on Sunday, April 15, 2007, on SR 14. Two of the accidents occurred at milepost 24.5, the third at milepost 34.5

In the first accident which occurred at 2:16 p.m., Joseph D. Bergeron, 21, Vancouver, was westbound on SR 14 in a curve to the left. His 2003 Yamaha motorcycle entered the curve too fast and the driver laid his bike down on its left side. The rider and bike collided with a concrete barrier.

Bergeron was transported to Southwest Washington Medical Center with head trauma.

He was charged with speeding too fast.

The second accident at milepost 24.5 also occurred at 2:16 p.m. In that accident, Michael E. Garrett, 20, Vancouver, was westbound on SR 14 in a curve to the left. The 2005 Buell motorcycle entered the curve too fast and the driver laid the bike down on its left side. The rider and bike collided with a concrete barrier and Garrett was ejected over the top of the barrier.

Garrett sustained right left injuries but refused transport.

He was cited for speeding too fast.

The third motorcycle accident occurred at 3:13 p.m. at milepost 34.5. In this accident, Kevin C. Lambert, 41, was eastbound on SR 14, driving his 2007 Honda CVR600. He was attempting to slow down to turn into the parking lot for Beacon Rock State Park. He lost control and rolled his bike into the eastbound lane of SR 14.

Lambert suffered a broken left leg and possible broken right leg. He was transported to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver.

He was cited for speeding too fast.



Mary Campbell was reported missing on the early morning of April 16, 2007. She was last seen in Hood River, driving to Goldendale.

Campbell never arrived in Goldendale and a search effort was launched.

It was later determined that her car got stuck in snow outside of the Trout Lake area. She was stranded for several hours but was eventually able to drive out, when she was located by Search and Rescue volunteers.



A woman from The Dalles died Saturday afternoon when she lost control of her car westbound on Interstate 84 about one mile east of Corbett and struck a guardrail before going into the Columbia River.

The victim and vehicle were recovered with the help of divers from Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Portland Fire Bureau.

On April 14, 2007, at approximately 2 p.m., a 2005 Acura TL four door driven by Kanak V. Patel, 51, The Dalles, was westbound on I-84 near milepost 23. According to witnesses, the car was estimated to be traveling near 80 mph in the left lane.

After passing two cars the Acura was seen switching to the right lane when it lost control, traveling onto the right shoulder and into a gravel median at the west on ramp from a viewpoint. The Acura went airborne, struck a metal guardrail and then continued down a rock embankment into the Columbia River.

By the time passing motorists and nearby fishermen were able to get to the river, the Acura disappeared under water.

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers, Multnomah County (MCSO) sheriff deputies, and Corbett Fire Department personnel initially responded to the scene. Boats from MCSO and Port of Portland Airport, along with the Multnomah County Medical Examiner, MCSO and Portland Fire Bureau dive teams also responded to assist with recovery. Divers reported the car was on its top in about 10 to 12 feet of water.

An interagency crash investigation team comprised of OSP, MCSO and Gresham Police Department responded to reconstruct the crash scene and assist with the investigation.

Oregon State Police troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation. The cause of death is pending further examination by the medical examiner.

Roadway conditions were dry. Water temperature was estimated in the low 40 degree range.

ODOT assisted with traffic control. The right westbound lane was closed until about 6:15 p.m.


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