Man taken to hospital after head-on accident in Orchards

Firefighters also give ride to sick cat

By Dave Kern, Columbian assistant metro editor

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A Vancouver Fire Department crew responded to a vehicle accident Sunday evening and ended up taking a cat to an animal hospital.

Details were scarce.

A man involved was taken to a local hospital. Five other people were not seriously injured, said Vancouver Fire Department Capt. Dave James.

The accident happened at 106th Avenue and Fourth Plain Boulevard about 5:24 p.m.

James said a white pickup collided with a green Subaru. A woman was driving the pickup and her daughter was a passenger.

The Subaru was driven by a man with a woman passenger and two children in the back with a sick cat, headed to St. Francis Animal Hospital, 12010 N.E. 65th St.

While no extrication tools were necessary, James said, “People from a tavern (Big Daddy’s OT) went out and were pulling people out of the Subaru.”

James said seat belts prevented more-serious injuries.

Sgt. Steve Neal with the Vancouver Police Department said the pickup driver was eastbound and attempting to make a left turn; the eastbound Subaru attempted to avoid the pickup and the two ended up colliding nose to nose.

Neal said drugs and alcohol were not involved.

He said the nearby Dairy Queen gave ice cream to those in the mishap.

No names were available for those involved.

When it was determined that the Subaru could not be driven, the three-person crew on Engine 4 took the cat to the animal hospital, James said.