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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Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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