UPDATED: Clark County Sheriff’s Office investigating fatal accident in Hazel Dell

Collision took place between passenger vehicle and an AMR ambulance; deceased driver identified as Michael Ryan, 41, of Vancouver

VANCOUVER — The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal accident that occurred Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 21) in Hazel Dell.

At about 2 p.m. Tuesday, a head-on collision between a passenger vehicle and an AMR ambulance occurred at the 3600 block of NE 78th street. Photo courtesy of Clark County Sheriff’s Office
At about 2 p.m. Tuesday, a head-on collision between a passenger vehicle and an AMR ambulance occurred at the 3600 block of NE 78th street. Photo courtesy of Clark County Sheriff’s Office

At about 2 p.m., a head-on collision between a passenger vehicle and an AMR ambulance occurred at the 3600 block of NE 78th street.  The driver of the passenger vehicle, 41-year-old Vancouver resident Michael E. Ryan, was transported via ambulance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and later pronounced deceased.  

The ambulance crew received non-life threatening injuries.  The ambulance was not transporting a patient at the time of the collision.   

Ryan was the lone occupant of the involved sedan, a 2007 Saturn Ion sedan.  According to a news release from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, the Ion was reported by witnesses as driving erratically in and out of travel lanes westbound on NE 78th Street prior to the collision.  The Ion lost control, driving into the path of the eastbound AMR ambulance and colliding head-on.  The ambulance was driving routinely and was not on a call at the time of the collision. 

The investigation into proximate causes of the collision is continuing, and is being conducted by the CCSO Traffic Unit. 

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will follow as it is developed. 

Information provided by Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

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