A 50-year-old Brush Prairie man died in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning in the Hockinson area after the car he was riding in crashed into a power pole and caught fire, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies, Clark County Fire District 3 and AMR responded to the crash reported at 9:15 a.m. at Northeast 212th Avenue and Powell Road.
Benjamin Andrew was dead at the scene, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release. He was riding in a Chevrolet Corvette driven by a 16-year-old, also from Brush Prairie, who was injured and taken to a hospital.
The Chevrolet, northbound on 212th Avenue, struck the left front of a 2018 Jeep Cherokee driven by 39-year-old Roberta Russo of Camas. The Jeep was turning south onto 212th Avenue from Powell Road. The cars crashed and spun off the roadway.
The Chevrolet was engulfed in flames when crews arrived and had sheared a power pole, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Fred Neiman.
Russo and two passengers, her 6- and 9-year-old children, were injured and taken to the hospital.
Excessive speed was a factor in the wreck, according to the sheriff’s office.
Clark Public Utilities shut off power in the area. Some 200 customers were without power Friday morning.