Minivan crashes into tree at Daybreak Park

By Patty Hastings, Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith



A man in his 70s who was driving a minivan crashed into a tree in the parking lot at Daybreak Park in Battle Ground, authorities said.

The man mistook the accelerator for the brake, driving head-on into a large tree, said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy, spokesman for Clark County Fire & Rescue.

A team with CCF&R happened to be completing water rescue training at the park about 3:15 p.m., making the response time quick. They were just pulling the rescue raft out of the water when the incident occurred, Dawdy said.

A woman passenger in her 30s, who was not wearing her seat belt, dislocated her knee, Dawdy said. The man complained of chest injuries. Both were transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for treatment.

Names were not released.

Dawdy advises vehicle occupants to wear their seat belts until the car is fully stopped.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.

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