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Report for WSP, Skamania Sheriff and OSP

WASHINGTON

STATE PATROL

Two people were injured in a one-vehicle accident which occurred on June 4, 2011, at approximately 10:35 a.m. The accident occurred on State Route 14, milepost 32.4, four miles west of North Bonneville.

According to the report, Michael W. Walker, 53, Wilsonville, Ore., was driving his 2005 Heritage motorcycle eastbound on SR 14. The motorcycle approached a stopped westbound vehicle attempting to make a left turn. The motorcycle swerved around the right side of the stopped vehicle, traveled off the north side of the roadway and into the northside ditch. The motorcycle rolled and ejected both the rider and a passenger.

Walker suffered a broken ankle and possible other injuries. He was transported by aid to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver.

His passenger, Victoria Walker, 52, Wilsonville, suffered a broken right wrist. She was also transported by aid to SWWMC.

SKAMANIA COUNTY

SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Deputies from the Skamania County Sheriff's Office responded to the Swift Creek Reservoir area after receiving a report at 11:05 p.m. on June 5 of a fatality industrial logging accident.

Employees of North Fork Resources were moving logging equipment onto private land in the South Swift Reservoir area when a rubber tired logging skidder went off the narrow logging road and rolled several times down a near vertical 250 foot embankment.

James Schiefelbein, 36, of Vancouver was found deceased after being ejected from the skidder he was operating.

This accident occurred approximately 10 miles southeast of Mt St Helens and is currently under investigation.

OREGON

STATE POLICE

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a Saturday morning serious injury crash on the west end of Government Camp. One person was critically injured and a second received serious injuries.

According to OSP Trooper Caleb Borchers, on June 4, 2011, at approximately 6:04 a.m. a 2001 Subaru Forester driven by Mark G. Oosterman, 25, from Sandy, Ore., was eastbound on Highway 26 near milepost 53. Oosterman lost control of the vehicle and it traveled off the right shoulder, hit some large rocks and then flipped multiple times before coming to rest with the front end in a small creek.

Oosterman and passenger Daniel R. Heis, 25, from Fairview, Ore., were ejected from the vehicle. Oosterman came to rest face down in the water and was pulled out by unidentified Mt. Hood ski patrol members who were near the crash scene. The ski patrol members started emergency medical care on Oosterman and Heis until other emergency responders arrived and took over.

Oosterman and Heis were transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Sciences University for treatment. Oosterman is in critical condition and Heis in serious condition.

OSP is continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor. Safety restraint use is pending confirmation through the investigation.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Hoodland Fire Department, AMR ambulance and ODOT also assisted at the scene.

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