Fallen tree temporarily blocks I-5 northbound in Salmon Creek

Fortunately, no one was hurt when the tree fell across the freeway

VANCOUVER — A blustery day in Clark County took a dangerous turn this afternoon when a tree fell across the northbound lanes of I-5 in Salmon Creek.

tree fell along I-5 northbound in Salmon Creek on Tuesday afternoon. Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol
tree fell along I-5 northbound in Salmon Creek on Tuesday afternoon. Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol

 

Washington State Police Trooper Will Finn says it happened just after 3 p.m. Amazingly, no vehicles were hit and no one was injured.

 

Crews with Washington’s Department of Transportation quickly arrived on scene and briefly closed the freeway while they cleared the tree out of the way and removed debris from the freeway. All lanes of I-5 were reopened about an hour and a half after the tree came down.

Traffic squeezes by a fallen tree on I-5 Northbound in Salmon Creek on Tuesday. Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol
Traffic squeezes by a fallen tree on I-5 Northbound in Salmon Creek on Tuesday. Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol

 

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued a new Winter Weather Advisory for the Portland Metro Area, including Clark County. There is potential for more snowfall overnight into Wednesday morning, as temperatures remain cool across the area.

 

The heaviest snowfall is expected west and east of Portland, but some areas of Clark County could see up to an inch before things dry up Wednesday afternoon. The rest of the week looks mainly dry, but cold, with temperatures into the upper teens or mid-20’s across much of the area.

The view from a Washington State Police trooper’s vehicle of a tree down across I-5 northbound in Salmon Creek on Tuesday. Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol.
The view from a Washington State Police trooper’s vehicle of a tree down across I-5 northbound in Salmon Creek on Tuesday. Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol
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