Tuesday, November 15, 2011
A Woodburn man suffered minor injuries when he was involved in a one-vehicle accident on State Route 97, at milepost 15. The accident occurred on Nov. 14, at 5:45 a.m.
According to the report, Constantino T. Ramirez Santiago, 42, Woodburn, Ore., was driving his 1991 Ford Explorer southbound on SR 97. Santiago fell asleep at the wheel, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway to the right. The vehicle then struck a DOT sign and a tree.
Santiago suffered bruises and was transported for precaution to Klickitat Valley Hospital in Goldendale.
He was cited for wheels off roadway.
Search efforts continued Tuesday morning for an overdue elk hunter in the Ryan Lake area of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, northeast of Spirit Lake in Skamania County.
56-year-old Onlalaska resident David Sherwood was reported as overdue by his son to Lewis and Skamania County authorities late Friday evening, Nov. 11, after Sherwood did not return from an elk hunt in the Ryan Lake area north of Mt. St. Helens.
Sherwood's vehicle was found mid day Saturday on a spur road off the Forest Service 2612 road and search and rescue resources were immediately requested through the Washington State Department of Emergency Management. Search efforts in the area of the vehicle were coordinated throughout the night.
As of Nov. 13, over 80 friends, family, and official Search and Rescue teams methodically searched the area until the search was suspended at approximately 7 p.m.
The weather has not been favorable in the search area, with heavy snow at times and limited visibility. The area is heavily timbered and in steep terrain.
Search efforts resumed Monday from the search base at the Ryan Lake Trailhead on the FS 2612 road. Weather hampered search efforts as more snow was forecast to fall, adding to the already 8 to 12 inches in the area.
"I have been advised by our Search and Rescue Coordinator that we have requested an additional 20 ground searchers for first light in the morning," said Undersheriff Dave Cox on Monday. "Additional resource requests for aircraft support have also been made, although their use will be heavily weather dependent."
Tuesday morning, Cox said, "We are hopeful the break in the weather will allow us to utilize aircraft to assist with the ground search efforts today."