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A Goldendale man was air lifted following a motorcycle accident on State Route 97, eight miles south of Goldendale. The accident occurred on Aug. 14 at approximately 4:20 p.m.

According to the report, Dennis L. Meech, 50, Goldendale, was driving his 2004 Harley Davidson northbound on SR 97. He drifted onto the right shoulder, struck a guardrail and was ejected. The motorcycle continued north for an additional 500 feet, crossed both the north and southbound lanes, struck an embankment and came to rest on the southbound shoulder.

Meech suffered a broken right leg and pelvis. He was air lifted to Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

No injuries occurred when two vehicles were involved in an accident on SR 14, four miles west of White Salmon.

According to the report, Jerry T. Irick, 52, Portland, Ore., was driving a 2003 semi truck with two double trailers westbound on SR 14. The trailers were loaded with crushed cars. Strong westbound wind gusts caused the second trailer to oscillate and overturn, losing its load. A 2002 Dodge pickup driven eastbound by Donald I. Davis, 65, Selah, was struck by debris from the overturned trailer.

The westbound lane was blocked for one hour.

Irick was charged with spilling of load.

Two men suffered injuries in a two-vehicle accident on Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, at approximately 4:05 p.m. The accident occurred on SR 14 at milepost 22, two miles east of Washougal.

According to the report, John L. Rios, 19, Camas, was driving his 1995 Chevrolet New Yorker westbound on SR 14. Rios lost control of his vehicle in a curve, crossing the centerline. The left front of his vehicle struck the left side of a 2001 Dodge pickup driven by Thomas A. Hansen, 32, Vancouver. Hansen was traveling eastbound. Both vehicles came to rest blocking the lane.

Rios suffered a sore shoulder and cuts to his head. He was not transported to a medical facility. Hansen suffered a sore leg and was transported to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver.

Rios was charged with driving over the center line.


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