An 80-year-old Puyallup man was found deceased on the Pacific Crest Trail on Aug. 14, 2009, in eastern Skamania County.
Hikers located the body of Albert Mader at approximately 10:50 a.m. and immediately called the Skamania County Sheriff's Office. His body was located approximately four miles off of the Forest Service 23-521 road, on the Pacific Crest Trail, which is approximately 10 miles northwest of Trout Lake.
Officers from the Skamania County Sheriff's Office and search and rescue members from Wind River Search and Rescue and Klickitat County Search and Rescue responded to the area.
Mader's body was removed from the area and transported to the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office in Vancouver, where an autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death.
There is no indication of foul play nor obvious mechanism of injury in the death of Mader.
Two people were injured in a two-vehicle accident on State Route 14 at milepost 56.5, 10 miles west of Bingen. The accident occurred on Aug. 12, 2009, at 11:40 p.m.
According to the report, Jordan J. Tate, 20, Carson, was driving his 1990 Toyota Camry westbound on SR 14. The vehicle struck a rocky hillside and came to rest partially blocking the westbound lane. A 2000 Ford Winstar van driven by Duane R. Quinby, 47, Camas, was also heading westbound on SR 14 and collided with the Toyota. The van pushed the Toyota into the eastbound lane where it came to rest, blocking the eastbound lane. The van came to rest blocking the westbound lane.
Tate suffered lacerations to his face and neck and was transported to Skyline Hospital in White Salmon. Quinby had a possible head injury and was also transported to Skyline.
Tate was cited for wheels off roadway.
A 38-year old The Dalles resident died Thursday evening after a single vehicle crash about two miles west of The Dalles.
The initial investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers indicates alcohol and speed were both contributing factors in the crash. A passenger in the car left the scene and was arrested on outstanding warrants and other charges.
According to OSP Sergeant Julie Wilcox, on Aug. 13, 2009, at 7:05 p.m. a 1989 Toyota Tercel driven by Mark Acord was westbound on Highway 30 when it veered onto the gravel shoulder while negotiating a curve. The driver over-corrected and lost control of the vehicle as it rolled multiple times coming to rest on its top blocking the highway.
Acord was transported by ambulance to Mid Columbia Medical Center (MCMC) and was declared deceased.
The vehicle's passenger, Timothy Riddle, 52, from The Dalles, left the scene of the crash. He was later located with only minor injuries. After being transported to MCMC for treatment, he was released and was taken into custody for failure to register as a sex offender, two outstanding arrest warrants (parole violation and fail to appear -- ID theft), and for providing false information to police. He was lodged in NORCOR.
Seat belts were in use for both occupants. Alcohol and speed are both factors in the crash.
Troopers were assisted at the scene by a deputy from the Wasco County Sheriff's Office and Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue. The road was closed for about three hours.