Motorcyclist dies in 3-vehicle crash on I-5 north near Carty Road

Drivers of other two vehicles hospitalized

By Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings


Updated: April 7, 2014, 9:29 PM

Fatal crash

A Vancouver man driving a motorcycle died in a three-vehicle crash Monday afternoon on Interstate 5 just south of Ridgefield, and two other drivers were hospitalized.

The collision occurred around 1 p.m. in the northbound lanes of the freeway under the Carty Road overpass. A Ford F-250 pickup driven by Eldon L. Ford, 33, of Ontario, Ore., slowed to pull onto the right shoulder and was struck from behind by a Honda CR-V driven by Wanda K. Dodd, 48, of Bellingham, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Dodd then lost control of her vehicle and struck a Harley-Davison motorcycle driven in the middle lane by Dennis G. Sarton, 60, of Vancouver. The CR-V rolled multiple times, according to WSP Trooper Will Finn.

The motorcycle went off the roadway and Sarton was flung from the bike, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to WSP.

Fire personnel extricated Dodd from the CR-V, and she was taken by ambulance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Her condition was unavailable Monday evening. LifeFlight was called to transport her but was not available, Clark County Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy said.

Ford, the driver of the pickup, was transported to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. His condition was unavailable Monday evening. The investigation into the crash blocked two northbound lanes of traffic for several hours. Traffic was backed up to the I-5 and Interstate 205 merger, just north of Salmon Creek. Lanes reopened shortly before 3:30 p.m.

WSP is investigating the collision and will decide whether to issue any citations related to the crash.