One driver was removed and transported by AMR to a local area hospital with life-threatening injuries
A pair of drivers in a two-vehicle accident on I-205 were transported to an area hospital Friday evening.
On Friday (June 25) at 9:46 p.m., Vancouver Fire Department (VFD) personnel were dispatched to a rollover accident on northbound I-205, south of the Padden Parkway exit. Two vehicles left the roadway and came to rest on the east side of I-205.
One vehicle was found approximately 50 feet off of the roadway on its side. The driver was able to exit the vehicle and was being cared for by Good Samaritans who had stopped to help. She was treated on scene by Vancouver Fire paramedics and then transported by ambulance to a local area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The second vehicle left the roadway, rolled then struck a tree which caved in the roof of the SUV. It came to rest on its tires. The trunk of the tree broke off eight-to-ten feet above the ground and came to rest on top of the vehicle. The driver was conscious and trapped inside.
Initial crews worked to stabilize the fallen tree in order to safely extricate the driver. As subsequent crews arrived, they went to work on removing damaged parts of the vehicle with cutting and spreading tools. The driver was removed and transported by AMR to a local area hospital with life-threatening injuries.
A tow truck from TLC Towing was called to lift the tree with their crane boom so firefighters could safely ensure there were no other occupants in the second vehicle. None were found.
A total of seven VFD apparatus were on scene with 18 firefighters and command staff. The cause of the accident was under investigation by the Washington State Patrol.
Information provided by Vancouver Fire Department.