The South bound lane of U.S. Route 101 North of Shelton was blocked for about 8 hours this afternoon as the Washington State Patrol investigated, and cleaned up, a 3 vehicle accident. No injuries were reported. Just before 1 Tuesday afternoon a 1998 Kenworth Tractor with dump bed trailer, driven by a 62 year old Vancouver man, was Southbound on 101 when it drifted onto the soft shoulder, rolled onto its side, and spilled debris into the road. The wreck also threw debris into the path of an oncoming car, a 2012 Jeep Liberty driven by an 80 year old Olympia man, and at a parked 2010 Dodge Pickup nearby. The State Patrol trooper listed the dump truck as totaled, the Jeep and pickup both sustained some damage.
Truck loaded with wood debris ran off on shoulder into muddy ditch. Crews contained a small oil spill before towing. pic.twitter.com/7w0ljOLON1
The Washington State Patrol would like to talk to the driver of a 2007 International Tractor with a refrigerated trailer that was found off of U.S. Route 12 near Elma early Saturday morning. The accident report says the semi was Eastbound on 12 at milepost 16 near the Keys Road when it veered right, struck a cement bridge and railing, then a guardrail before coming to rest partially in the ditch some time overnight. The Washington State Department of Transportation said the road was partially blocked for about 2 hours.
The cause, and any charges stemming from the accident are under investigation.
The Washington State Patrol reports non life-threatening injuries to the driver of a car that collided with a school bus in Shelton this morning, no injuries were reported from teenagers on the bus. It happened just before 7:30 Wednesday morning, on U.S. Route 101 at Shelton Springs road. The incident reports states that a 45 year old woman from Elma was driving her 2005 Hyundai too close behind the school bus, and rear-ended the bus while it was stopped at Shelton Springs Road. There were Twenty students on the bus at the time. The driver of the Hyundai was cited for following too close.
Officials from the Washington State Patrol (WSP) were celebrating the quick recovery of an abducted and endangered child as a result of this morning’s AMBER Alert and applauding the public involvement that proved crucial to the child’s safe recovery.
The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office initiated the AMBER Alert for 18-month old Mason A. Wilhelm, which was issued at 10:23 a.m. The Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system was then activated, which was sent at 10:41 a.m. An alert motorist, receiving the WEA on their phone, called 9-1-1 at 10:42 a.m., reporting they were following the vehicle. Deputies then stopped the suspect vehicle at 10:49 a.m. and the child was safety recovered.
The AMBER Alert program is a critical tool that has aided in the safe recovery of over 700 abducted children nationwide since its inception. “The public may often be our best resource in locating these abducted children and the quick dissemination of this critical information using the WEA system enhances getting these alerts out to the public. As demonstrated with this morning’s quick and safe recovery, a mere 8 minutes passed from the WEA being seen by a motorist and the child’s safe recovery,” said Lieutenant Ron Mead of the Washington State Patrol. “The system works and this recovery demonstrates the value of the AMBER Alert program and the invaluable role of the Wireless Emergency Alerts system in alerting the public”, added Mead.
Additional information on the circumstances surrounding the child’s abduction and recovery are available from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
One woman is dead, another was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center Sunday morning, after a head-on collision on State Route 3 about 5 miles North of Shelton.
The Washington State Patrol reports a 23 year old Shelton woman was attempting to pass too many vehicles over a double yellow line when her 2005 Honda Acura hit an oncoming 1995 Honda Civic, it happened around 6:30 Sunday morning. The driver of the Civic, a 20 year old Shelton woman was pronounced dead at the scene, her family notified by the Washington State Patrol.
The woman in the Acura was charged with Vehicular Homicide, the cause of the accident listed as improper passing.
Driving too fast for conditions was the cause of a wreck South of Cosmopolis yesterday. The Washington State Patrol reports that just after 11 Sunday morning a 54 year old Hoquiam man lost control of his 1997 Toyota Pickup on a corner and slid into an oncoming 2011 Ford F250 that was towing a 24 foot 5th wheel camper trailer. Trooper Richardson said both the driver of the pickup, and his passenger, a 41 year old Humptulips man, were injured and transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen with undisclosed injuries. The Toyota was listed as totaled, both vehicles and the camper were towed from the scene.
A Westport woman died this morning after pulling out in front of a truck on State Route 105. The Washington State Patrol reports they have notified family of 59 year old Geri Lee Robbins, her 2003 Toyota Corolla was struck on the driver’s side as she attempted to enter traffic just before 7 this morning near Stafford Creek Corrections Center. The 1966 Ford F150 truck was travelling around the posted speed limit when the two collided. The impact pushed both vehicles across oncoming traffic and into the Southbound ditch. Trooper Blake started her failure to yield was the cause, no charges were pending.
A 27 year old Aberdeen man in the truck was treated at the scene and released.
A 29-year old Elma man has been arrested for possessing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct first degree on the evening of Friday October 17.
Elma Police tell KBKW they began investigating when they received a complaint that an 8-year old female had been possibly sexually assaulted by her babysitter. The Children’s Advocacy Center assisted in the investigation due to the girl’s age.
Police retrieved a cell phone from the suspect and applied for a search warrant of his phone which was believed to be used to photograph the girl. A search of the phone revealed several hundred images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct that had been previously deleted by the suspect. The images were recovered by the Washington State Patrol High Tech Crime Unit using special equipment.
The suspect was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail with no bail.
The family received support from Beyond Survival throughout the investigation. Beyond Survival is a useful resource center for sexual assault victims in Grays Harbor County.
A three-vehicle wreck at the Twin Harbors Beach State Park approach South of Westport last night sent two to the hospital. The Washington State Patrol reports a 70 year old North Vancouver resident failed to yield the right of way when pulling out of the park. Her 2001 Dodge truck collided with a Northbound 2012 Kia Soul, pushing the Kia into the oncoming lane, where it struck a Southbound 2007 Ford SUV.
The drivers of the Kia and Ford were both injured, both transported to Community Hospital in Aberdeen with undisclosed injuries. The driver of the Dodge was cited for failure to yield the right of way.
UPDATE: Kelly Hall arrived in the area of the Elwha Ranger Station shortly before 10:00 a.m. Monday, safe and well and contacted a park employee.
“We are overjoyed to have this search reach a successful and happy conclusion,” said Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum.
Searchers who contributed to the effort include National Park Service employees and volunteers, an aircraft and crew from Washington State Patrol, and volunteers from Olympic Mountain Rescue, Clallam County Search and Rescue and German Shepherd Search Dogs.
A helicopter and tracking dogs have been added to the search efforts for a hiker overdue in Olympic National Park. Authorities say 64-year-old Kelly Hall is three days overdue from his planned six-day, 39 mile hike in the northeast corner of the park. Hall was scheduled to meet family members Thursday. When he didn’t show up, they reported him missing that night.
The second day of searching for 64-year old Kelly Hall of Bainbridge Island continued Sunday, but revealed few clues regarding the missing hiker’s location. Hall was reported overdue Thursday evening after failing to rendezvous with a family member as planned.
Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum renewed her appeal for the public’s assistance. “We are very interested in talking with hikers who were anywhere along Mr. Hall’s itinerary in the past week,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. “Anyone who may have information helpful to the search is urged to call the park as soon as possible at 360-565-3120.”
Hall began his hike on Saturday, August 30, setting out from the Obstruction Point Trailhead near Hurricane Ridge. His planned itinerary was a 39-mile hike through Grand Valley to Grand Pass, continuing over Cameron Pass, through Dose Meadows, over Gray Wolf Pass and along the Gray Wolf Trail to the Slab Camp Trailhead on Forest Road 2875. He was reported overdue by a family member on Thursday evening when he did not appear as planned at the trailhead. Another hiking party reported having seen Hall on August 30 in Grand Valley, about four miles from his starting point.
Today’s search activities included:
· Sixteen ground searchers were in the field today, searching both trails and off-trail areas along or near Hall’s intended itinerary. About ten searchers are camped in the wilderness tonight and will resume search efforts Monday morning.
· Three search dog teams joined the search Saturday evening and continued their search today.
· An aerial search by helicopter was conducted this afternoon.
· Investigators attempted to make contact with the approximately 20 other hikers who had wilderness permits for about the same times and locations as Halls’ intended itinerary. One party reported having seen him on August 30 in Grand Valley, about four miles from his starting point.
An aircraft equipped with heat sensing forward-looking infrared (FLIR) equipment will fly over the search area before sunrise Monday morning. Continued ground and helicopter searching will begin shortly after.
Hall is described as being 6’5” tall and weighing 220 pounds. He has a blue backpack with a fishing pole and orange flip-flops strapped to the outside. An earlier description of his tent was inaccurate; Hall is believed to be using a dark gray netting tent with an orange floor and poles. It has a silver rain fly, so may appear either dark gray or silver, depending on whether the rain fly is in use.
Searchers include National Park Service employees and volunteers, and volunteers from Olympic Mountain Rescue, Clallam County Search and Rescue and German Shepherd Search Dogs.