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Top Stories: Wrong-way driver dies in crash; Amtrak for commuting?; railroad orders to stop expansion

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: December 23, 2023, 6:05am

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Here are some of the top stories on columbian.com this week:

1. Wrong-way crash on Highway 14 leaves driver dead, two injured in Vancouver, says WSP

A Vancouver woman driving the wrong way on state Highway 14 was killed Wednesday night when she caused a multivehicle crash, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Ryan M. Smith, 25, of Vancouver died at the scene. She was not wearing a seat belt, according to a State Patrol crash memo.

2. Driver, motorcyclist killed in crash near Five Corners

A motorcyclist and the driver of a vehicle were killed in a crash Wednesday evening near Five Corners, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Family of the two people killed in the crash were notified, according to the sheriff’s office, but their identities have not been released. Passengers in the vehicle were taken to area hospitals.

3. Is Amtrak Cascades a new commuter option from Vancouver into Portland?

The 65,000 Clark County residents who commute into Oregon each day for work have nearly all had to choose between their vehicles or C-Tran buses as their conveyance — until now.

With Amtrak Cascades’ new morning trip from Seattle to Portland, which stops in Vancouver at 8:51 a.m., commuting by train is now theoretically possible. The one-way ticket costs $5.

4. Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad ordered to cease road-building, expansion

Federal authorities have ordered Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad to cease its road-building and rail-yard-expansion efforts in Chelatchie following a Nov. 16 visit to the site by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Marines Fisheries Service and Environmental Protection Agency.

Impacts from the road work have riled many of the residents living along the rail line who say the railroad isn’t upholding the terms of its lease with the county. Groups, such as Friends of Clark County and Clark County Citizens United, have waded into the battle on opposite sides.

5. Courses Golf & Grill aims for perfect mix of food, drink, sport at restaurant opening in east Vancouver

Golf isn’t ideal for players during the region’s rainy, icy and snowy seasons.

“We decided we needed to fix it,” said Jason Fish, co-owner of the soon-to-open Courses Golf & Grill.

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