updated 7/18/2007 2:38:23 PM ET 2007-07-18T18:38:23

A recreational vehicle driver lost control on a mountain road and slammed into three other vehicles before plowing through a railing and into a 20-foot gully. Fifteen people were injured, and driver was in critical condition, authorities said Wednesday.

The RV was carrying a family from Missouri. It was on a long downhill grade from Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park on Tuesday afternoon when it crashed.

“Preliminary investigations show that the motor home probably lost its brakes while driving north on Mount Angeles Road,” Port Angeles spokeswoman Teresa Pierce said.

The RV driver, Lonnie Owens, 51, of Fairgrove, Mo., was listed in critical condition Wednesday morning at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Three others were in stable condition at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, and the other 11 people were treated for minor injuries and released.

Owens’ wife, their four children and a family friend were also in the RV. Occupants of the other vehicles included tourists from France, Florida and Bellevue.

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