CCFR urges drivers to help protect responders by slowing down and exercising extra caution when traveling near emergency scenes, especially on fast moving highways
Emergency crews respond to two separate traffic collisions on Interstate 5 Monday.
The first collision took place at about 8:46 a.m. when Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue (CCFR) responded with AMR and Washington State Patrol to a collision near milepost 20 at the northbound I-5 bridge over the North Fork of the Lewis River. The collision involved a pickup truck and travel trailer that collided with a tractor trailer and stopped north-bound traffic on the interstate. No injuries were reported and no people were transported from the first collision.
At 9:56 a.m., a subsequent collision in the back-up from the first incident took place at exit 14 in Ridgefield, under the Pioneer Street Overpass. The second collision involved two tractor trailers, with one truck carrying a load of pallets, leaving the roadway and catching fire.
The fire spread to both vehicles and one driver was transported to the hospital by AMR with non-life threatening injuries. The fire was quickly controlled by fire crews with the majority of fire damage limited to one vehicle.
Ridgefield Police assisted the Washington State Patrol on scene and TLC Towing cleared the vehicles and debris.
CCFR urges drivers to help protect responders by slowing down and exercising extra caution when traveling near emergency scenes, especially on fast moving highways.
Information provided by Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue.