UPDATE: La Center man’s condition worsens after Monday car crash




A La Center man was still in a local hospital on Wednesday after being rescued from a minivan that ended up on its side after a crash Monday night.

Norman W. Klam, 66, was listed in critical condition at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center on Wednesday morning, a hospital spokesman said. The condition was a downgrade from Tuesday night when he was listed in serious condition.

According to Washington State Patrol, Klam was driving a 2006 Chrysler minivan eastbound on 219th Street near Interstate 5 around 5:44 p.m. Monday when he crossed the centerline and struck a 1993 Honda Civic driven by Mary E. Wisniewski, 19, also of La Center. Klam’s minivan came to a rest on its side in the westbound lane, the state patrol said.

Wisniewski was not injured.

Firefighters extricated Klam using an ax to break the windshield and stabilization struts to ensure the car did not come down on anyone, said Battalion Chief Brett Graham of Clark County Fire & Rescue.

The crash temporarily blocked the Battle Ground offramp from I-5.

Klam was cited for second-degree negligent driving.