Child critically injured in Monday afternoon SR-14 crash

Infant also hurt in crash, now in stable condition

A five-vehicle crash on SR-14 in Camas Monday afternoon injured two children, one critically. Photo courtesy of Washington State Patrol

Two children were injured in a five-vehicle accident in Camas Monday afternoon.
A four-year-old girl was listed in critical condition, as of Monday night, according to Trooper Will Finn, public information officer for Washington State Patrol District 5.
An infant girl also was hurt in the accident and, as of Tuesday morning, was listed in stable condition.
The accident, reported Monday, at 3:12 p.m., occurred on State Route 14 (SR-14), at milepost 12.6.
The vehicles were traveling eastbound on SR-14 at the Camas Slough Bridge, when Gabrielle Harvey, 21, of Washougal, lost control of her 2002 Ford Focus. That vehicle spun and struck the left and right guardrails before coming to rest facing westbound.
Sarah Joyce, 32, of Washougal, attempted to pass Harvey’s car on the right in her 2011 Honda Accord, and was struck by a 2002 Chevrolet Tracker, driven by Mackenzie Badertscher, 21, of Camas, causing Badertscher’s vehicle to hit the front bumper Harvey’s Ford Focus.
A 1994 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Aaron Sundby, 31, of Washougal, struck the back bumper of the vehicle driven by Badertscher.
A 2013 Volkswagen, driven by Maleigha Krith, 18, of Washougal, struck Sundby, causing Sundby’s vehicle to spin and face broadside.
According to Washington State Patrol, both injured children were passengers in Badertscher’s vehicle.
Badertscher was transported to Peacehealth Southwest Medical Center, where she was treated and released on the same day.
Sundby was reported as injured, but was not transported.
All of the adults were wearing seat belts. According to the State Patrol report, police do not believe that drugs or alcohol were involved.
The cause of the accident is under investigation and charges are pending.
The accident blocked all lanes of SR-14 near the slough bridge Monday afternoon and into the evening. Traffic was diverted through Camas off Exits 12 and 14 for much of the afternoon following the crash. By 5:30 p.m., westbound lanes of SR-14 had reopened, but eastbound lanes did not reopen until later Monday evening.

Post-Record Editor Kelly Moyer contributed to this report.

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