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A Longview woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident on Aug. 6, 2009, at approximately 1:45 p.m. The accident occurred at the intersection of State Route 14 and SR 142.

According to the report, Mary A. Brown, 54, Longview, was stopped in her 1993 Jeep Cherokee eastbound on SR 14 at its intersection with SR 142, yielding to oncoming traffic. Anna G. Stearns, 78, North Plains, Ore., was also traveling eastbound on SR 14 in her 1991 Dodge Ram pickup and struck the Cherokee in the rear.

Brown suffered a sore neck and left leg and was transported to Skyline Hospital in White Salmon. Stearns was not injured.

Stearns was cited for following too close.

Two people were injured in a motorcycle accident on SR 142 at milepost 6.6 near Lyle. The accident occurred on Aug. 8, 2009, at approximately 2:22 p.m.

According to the report, Ernest J. Phillips, 62, Moses Lake, was driving his 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on SR 142. The driver failed to negotiate a curve, left the roadway to the south, striking a culvert ditch. Phillips lost control of the bike, laying it down.

Phillips suffered a broken left wrist and broken right arm. He was transported to Skyline Hospital in White Salmon.

Lucinda L. Penn, 57, Richland, a passenger on the bike, suffered head trauma. She was taken by Life Flight to OHSU.

Charges in the case are pending.



At approximately 12:15 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, a search team from Wet Planet, a whitewater guide service out of White Salmon, located the kayak and body of 31-year-old Ryan Morgan, a councilman, of Mollala, Ore., in a log jam on the lower Little White Salmon River.

Morgan had been kayaking the river with a friend, Marcus Fant of Oregon City, late Sunday afternoon, when the two of them became separated. When Fant could not locate Morgan at the take out point, he called the Skamania County Sheriff's Office to report him missing.

Searchers from the Skamania County Sheriff's Office, Wind River Search and Rescue, the Skamania County Sheriff's Office Dive Team, and a US Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station Astoria searched until almost midnight without locating Morgan.

Monday morning, the Coast Guard helicopter returned and at approximately 10:45 a.m. had a possible location. The kayak team from Wet Planet launched and located the kayak and body of Morgan wedged underwater in a log jam about half to three-quarters of a mile upriver from the Little White Salmon hatchery.

Authorities were awaiting a technical white water rescue team from Thurston County to assist with the extrication of Morgan and his kayak from the log debris. The terrain is a very narrow, steep walled canyon, with a large volume of water from the upper level snow pack, making the recovery very technical.

The Skamania County Sheriff's Office received the initial call at approximately 6:45 p.m. Sunday of an overdue kayaker on the Little White Salmon River. The Mollala man was reported missing by a fellow kayaker after he failed to show up at the take out point by the Little White Salmon River Salmon Hatchery, approximately 12 miles east of Stevenson.


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