A woman was critically injured Monday evening in a T-bone accident at an intersection in Ridgefield.
Clark County Fire & Rescue was dispatched at 7:10 p.m. to Northeast 29th Avenue and Northeast 199th Street, where they found a crumpled red 1999 Mercury Cougar.
Few details were available about how the crash occurred at the two-way stop. The initial investigation indicates that the Mercury was southbound on Northeast 29th and failed to give the right-of-way to a 2006 Volvo SUV eastbound on Northeast 199th. The SUV T-boned the Mercury, pinning two women inside the sedan, said Clark County Sheriff's Sgt. Dave Nelson.
Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to cut off the roof of the sedan and get the women out of the car, said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy. A Life Flight helicopter was put on standby but dismissed when the first ambulance arrived. Occupants of both vehicles were taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. One of the women in the Mercury was critically injured; the other was seriously injured. All three occupants in the SUV were evaluated for injuries.
The names of those involved were not released.
"We encourage people to wear seat belts and be mindful of the traffic safety devices out here," Nelson said.
The sheriff's office Traffic Unit is investigating. At this point, speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors.