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A Spokane man was injured following a one-vehicle accident on State Route 14 at milepost 89, five miles east of Dallesport. The accident occurred on July 22, 2009, at approximately 11 a.m.

According to report, Kelly Davis, 64, Spokane, was driving his 1998 Lincoln Towncar eastbound on SR 14. The vehicle left the roadway to the right, rolled and came to rest on its wheels 20 feet off the roadway.

Davis suffered neck pain and a headache. He was transported to Mid Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles.



The Skamania County Sheriff's Office received a call at approximately 7:40 p.m. on July 23 from a witness that saw a small private aircraft clip some trees and crash in the upper Washougal River Valley.

The aircraft took off from a small private airstrip near Salmon Falls Road, north east of Washougal, approximately eight miles.

Dispatched to the accident area were Skamania County Sheriff's deputies, Skamania County EMS, Skamania County Fire District 4, and an aircraft from Washington State Patrol.

Additional ground searchers were requested through Washington State Department of Emergency Management out of Camp Murray.

At 8:22 p.m., Sgt Arne Gonser and Deputy Russ Hastings located the aircraft and pilot in heavy timber between Wantland Road and Mabee Mines Road approximately, one mile east of the private air strip.

The 70-year-old male pilot was responsive and at 9:15 p.m. was transported by ground crews through the timber back to other emergency responders.



A The Dalles-area man died Wednesday night when he crashed an all-terrain vehicle he was operating at an area orchard where he worked.

According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Sergeant Pat Shortt, on July 22, 2009, at approximately 8 p.m., Ricardo Romero-Camacho, 49, from The Dalles, was found underneath an all-terrain vehicle on property at Geiger Orchards located at 2845 E. 12th Street.

Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue personnel responded and pronounced Romero-Camacho deceased at the scene.

He was not wearing a protective helmet.

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are completing the investigation. Preliminary investigation indicates the victim was traveling east in the orchard when he lost control and the all-terrain vehicle rolled.

Wasco County Sheriff's Office and The Dalles Police Department assisted at the scene.

A westbound I-84 rest area between Mosier and Rowena was closed Thursday for about three hours while Oregon State Police (OSP) investigated two suspicious objects found in the morning. OSP bomb technicians responded and safely disposed of the objects.

According to OSP Sergeant Pat Shortt, on July 23, 2009 at approximately 9 a.m. ODOT employees reported finding two suspicious packages at the westbound I-84 Memaloose rest area. Troopers responded and closed the rest area to motorists as a precaution.

OSP bomb technicians from Salem responded and subsequently rendered both objects safe. An examination by bomb technicians found that neither object contained any explosives or other material that would have presented a hazard to the public.

ODOT personnel remained on scene to help secure the rest area during the closure.



On Friday, July 24, 2009, at 6:15 p.m., Hood River County deputies responded to a one-vehicle crash on Riordan Hill Road that resulted in the death of the lone passenger, Hood River resident Brenda D. Berry, 46.

Both Berry and the driver, Patrick Strain, 53, Hood River, were transported to Providence Hood River Hospital, where Berry later died.

The vehicle, a 2006 Jeep Wrangler was traveling east, or downhill, on Riordan Hill Road, when it left the roadway, hit a tree and rolled over.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, according to Sheriff's Detective Gerry Tiffany.


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