One killed, five injured in collision with cement truck

It veered into oncoming traffic after blowout on Highway 14 in Camas

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Updated: July 18, 2011, 10:20 PM

 

An 18-year-old Vancouver woman was killed and five people were injured late Monday afternoon in a collision of a cement truck with three passenger cars on state Highway 14 in Camas, just east of the Lady Island Bridge.

The cement truck had been eastbound at 4:38 p.m. when its left-front tire blew and it veered into the lane for westbound traffic, said Trooper Ryan Tanner with the Washington State Patrol. The truck collided with three cars.

Pronounced dead at the scene was Kali B. Oberg, who had been driving a 1994 Toyota Corolla, according to a WSP report.

The driver of the 1996 Kenworth cement hauler was Yevgeniu N. Konkin, 28, of Portland. He suffered a broken cheek bone and was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

Also involved in the crash were Jacob G. Mura, 22, of Rainier, Ore.; Ryan W. Baker, 30, of Washougal; Michael D. Hanson, 22, of Portland; Aaron R. Anderson, 18, of Vancouver; and Sara E. McCollum, 18, of Vancouver. McCollum suffered multiple broken bones, according to the WSP report, issued late Monday night.

Anderson and McCollum were passengers in Oberg’s Toyota, the patrol said.

Hanson was not reported injured and none of the five appeared to have life-threatening injuries.

The crash occurred at Milepost 13 in a construction zone.

A Washington State Patrol dispatcher said traffic in both directions was re-opened about 9:50 p.m. The Washington Department of Transportation was on the scene.

Officials were detouring traffic that built up fast with the after-work rush hour.

Trooper Tanner said it hadn’t been determined exactly how the truck’s tire failure caused the driver to veer into oncoming traffic. After the collision, the truck rolled down a hill and stopped. At least two of the cars were badly damaged.

WSP detectives conducted a computerized total station investigation, mapping all evidence at the accident scene and taking detailed measurements.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.