Woman, son in critical condition one day after deadly crash

Driver of wrong-way vehicle, 84, told WSP he'd become disoriented

By Mark Bowder, Columbian assistant metro editor


Wrong-way crash

A La Center woman and her son were both listed in critical condition Saturday, one day after a fatal wrong-way crash on Interstate 5 near Ridgefield.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn said Ericka M. Gorremans, 32, and her 10-year-old son are being treated as OHSU Hospital in Portland.

The two were injured in a Friday afternoon crash that killed Gorremans' 6-year-old nephew. The boy was previously identified as her son.

The crash occurred just before 2 p.m. Friday when an 84-year-old Vancouver man driving south in the northbound lanes of I-5 crashed head-on into a car driven by Gorremans.

Finn said the man, Gage W. Musgrave, was reported in satisfactory condition Saturday at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

Finn said Musgrave has been cooperating with investigators and told them that he had become disoriented while driving and had entered the freeway from the Exit 11 area.

Finn said the man did not know whether he'd come from state Highway 502 via what is actually a freeway offramp, or from the Gee Creek Rest Area.

The names of the two children were not released.