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Two people transported by Life Flight after three-vehicle crash on Lewis River Road

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: May 24, 2024, 8:00am

Two people were injured in a three-vehicle crash on Lewis River Road west of the Lewis River Golf Course in Cowlitz County on Thursday afternoon.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn said Life Flight was called to transport the drivers of two vehicles to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. All lanes of traffic were blocked near the intersection with near Little Kalama River Road for about an hour.

According to a Washington State Patrol crash memo, Katherine L. Stephens, 28, of Ridgefield was southbound on Lewis River Road/state Highway 503 about 4 p.m. in a 2017 Ford Fiesta, followed by Frederick W. Hudgin, 75, of Ariel, in a 2006 Ford Escape.

Stephens slowed to turn left onto a side street near Milepost 49 and was rear-ended by Hudgin, who the State Patrol said was following too closely.

Stephens was pushed into oncoming traffic and collided with a 2015 Jeep Wrangler driven by Alvaro E. Lujano Madrigal, 26, of Vancouver.

Lujano Madrigal and Stephens were transported to PeaceHealth. The extent of their injuries was not available.

Both of their vehicles were totaled.

Hudgin was not injured.

Hudgin and Stephens were wearing seat belts. Lujano Madrigal was not.

According to the crash memo, drugs and alcohol were not involved, but Hudgin could still face charges related to the crash.