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Infant, child injured in 5-car crash on Highway 14 near Camas

By Andy Matarrese, Columbian environment and transportation reporter
Published: April 24, 2017, 4:43pm
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Police and fire personnel respond to a crash where at least one person was reportedly hurt on Highway 14 near Camas. The crash blocked traffic on the highway near the Camas Slough for at least an hour.
Police and fire personnel respond to a crash where at least one person was reportedly hurt on Highway 14 near Camas. The crash blocked traffic on the highway near the Camas Slough for at least an hour. (Washington State Patrol) Photo Gallery

Four people, including an infant and a 4-year-old, were hurt in a five-vehicle crash on state Highway 14 near Camas Monday afternoon.

Police and fire personnel responded to the crash, on the Camas Slough bridge, around 3:20 p.m.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the four vehicles were all heading east. Gabrielle M. Harvey, 21, of Washougal, lost control, spun out and struck the guardrails on both sides of the bridge before coming to a stop facing west.

Sarah M. Joyce, 32, of Washougal, tried to pass Harvey on the right, but was hit by another vehicle, driven by Mackenzie D. Badertscher, 21, of Camas.

That sent Badertscher’s car into Harvey’s front bumper.

Then, a third vehicle, driven by Aaron J. Sundby, 31, of Washougal, hit Badertscher.

According to the State Patrol, a fifth vehicle, driven by Maleigha E. Krith, 18, of Washougal, then crashed into Sundby.

Badertscher was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for her injuries. Her condition was not available.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn said a 4-year-old girl was critically injured in the four-vehicle crash, and taken to a hospital. He said the girl suffered head and brain injuries.

Finn said an infant girl was also hurt, but stable, and taken to a hospital. Their conditions were not available.

The State Patrol said both children were in Badertscher’s car. Sundby was hurt, but not hospitalized. None of the other drivers were injured.

The crash is still under investigation, the State Patrol said.

Officials blocked traffic in both directions for a time and redirected vehicles through Camas. The crash and the response to it continued to block traffic, but just in the eastbound lane, until about 6:45 p.m.

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Columbian environment and transportation reporter