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Lori Williams, the overdue climber on Mt. St. Helens has been located and is being walked out by USFS Climbing Rangers.

Voice contact was made with the Climbing Rangers at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, and she was located a short time later. She was uninjured and in good spirits.

Williams, 55, was last seen Sunday, Oct. 2, at 3:30 p.m. about 500 feet below the Mt. St. Helens Summit. Her climbing party had turned around because of bad weather and a sick climbing member but Williams chose to continue.

The Skamania County Sheriff's Office received the call from her climbing party at 7:50 p.m. on Oct. 2, reporting her as overdue.

At approximately 10 p.m., 10 members from the Volcano Rescue Team from North Country EMS began climbing the mountain to do a hasty search. Weather and heavy fog has hampered search efforts throughout the night.

Approximately 15 searchers from the Skamania County Sheriff's Office, USFS Climbing Rangers, and the North Country EMS Volcano Rescue Team were involved with the search efforts.



Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident on Oct. 3 at approximately 5:15 p.m. The accident occurred on State Route 14 at milepost 35, 2 miles west of North Bonneville.

According to the report, Michal R. Dudley, 59, Stevenson, was driving his 2010 Honda westbound. Karen J. Richie, 63, Carson, was driving her 2002 Ford Focus eastbound. Dudley attempted to make a left turn into the Beacon Rock rest area and struck Rickie's vehicle in the eastbound lane.

Dudley suffered soreness in his chest. He was transported by private party to Southwest Washington Medical Center.

Richie suffered a fractured sternum. Her passenger, Velvet J. Vanderslice, 39, Stevenson, had soreness in her right shoulder, chest and back. Both women were also transported to SWWMC.

Dudley was charged with failure to yield right of way.


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