Wednesday, August 20, 2008
On Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, at approximately 7:10 a.m., units from the Washington State Patrol, Skamania County Sheriff's Office, Skamania County Fire and Rescue, and Washington State Department of Transportation responded to the scene of a two-car head on collision that occurred on State Route 14 in the westbound lane at milepost 46, just east of the town of Stevenson.
Laurel Hick, 36, of Stevenson, was driving a 1993 Chevrolet van eastbound on SR 14 when it crossed over the centerline and collided with a westbound 2006 Jeep SUV being driven by David Storby, 56, of The Dalles.
The van become engulfed in flames with Hick still inside. A citizen who drove upon the collision after it occurred -- James Dean, 59, Glenwood -- was able to rescue Hick from the burning van by pulling her out through the front window area.
According to the patrol, all three people were transported to hospitals for treatment of serious injuries.
Hick was taken by Life Flight to Emanuel Hospital in Portland with burns to 30 percent of her body, a broken back and internal injuries.
Storby was airlifted later from Skyline Hospital in White Salmon to Emanuel Hospital with multiple fractures to both lower legs and internal injuries.
Dean was transported to Skyline Hospital and sustained second and third degree burns to hands and arms, which he received while rescuing Hick from the burning vehicle.
Storby had been wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision and the airbag deployed.
It is unknown if Hick had on a seatbelt at the time of the collision.
Alcohol is not a factor in the collision and troopers are investigating the mechanical components of the van for any type of equipment failure.
The exact cause of the collision remains under investigation by the Washington State Patrol.