Amboy woman critically injured in head-on crash

Her vehicle crossed center line on Hwy. 503 north of B.G.

By Dave Kern, Columbian assistant metro editor

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An Amboy woman was in critical condition at a local hospital Sunday night with injuries sustained in a Sunday morning head-on crash on state Highway 503, about four miles north of Battle Ground.

The Washington State Patrol said Stacy M. Leukuma, 31, was southbound on the highway in a 2004 Toyota 4Runner when she lost control of the vehicle and crossed the center line, colliding with a northbound 2007 Dodge Ram driven by Lonny A. Brooks, 24, of Battle Ground.

Leukuma was listed in critical condition at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

The accident happened at 10:53 a.m.

"The person in the car was critically injured and they were well-entangled in the vehicle," said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy of Clark County Fire & Rescue. He said an extrication tool was needed to free the woman.

"At one point, we had several tools working to get the patient out," Dawdy added. "It was a very difficult extrication. "We have highly skilled firefighters. They worked very diligently on her," Dawdy said.

Dawdy also said Life Flight helicopter was called but could not make the trip because of inclement weather.

Brooks was not injured, the state patrol said. His passenger, Caleb Mosteller, 22, of Vancouver, was treated and released at PeaceHealth.

The patrol said the accident was caused by driving too fast.

All three people involved in the wreck were wearing seat belts.