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Boy dies in car crash on way to school in Camas

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: December 14, 2021, 11:02am

A Camas High School student died Tuesday morning after the car he was riding in on his way to school crashed through a fence and into a house.

Clark County sheriff’s deputies and Washougal police responded to the crash at 8:14 a.m. at Southeast Nourse Road and 280th Court, less than a mile from Camas High School.

All of the occupants in the car were juveniles, according to a sheriff’s office news release. It did not say how many people were in the car.

A male passenger was taken to the hospital with critical injuries, where he later died, the department said. No one inside the house was injured.

Camas High School had counselors available for students Tuesday, and they will be available again today, school district spokeswoman Doreen McKercher said in an email.

“We are devastated by this loss and are working to provide supports for our community during this difficult time,” she said.

McKercher said the sheriff’s office told her the weather was a factor in the crash.

Around 4 a.m., district officials checked on roads in the district’s boundaries. At that time, roads were dry and temperatures were above freezing, so officials decided to keep classes on schedule, McKercher said. However, around 8 a.m. the temperature dropped, she said, and roads became slick.