Accident snarls morning commute on I-205

By Craig Brown and Paul Suarez

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Updated: October 26, 2011, 8:50 PM

 

An accident near the Interstate 205 bridge southbound backed up traffic for miles into Clark County during Wednesday morning’s rush hour.

Traffic was still snarled after 9 a.m., long after the morning rush hour is usually completed.

The accident was reported at 7:34 a.m. The two-car, rear-end collision happened in the second lane from the left on the Oregon side of the bridge, said Joe Spatz, a Vancouver Fire Department spokesman.

No one was injured in the accident and the cars were moderately damaged, he said. It was still enough to slow commuters.

Engine 9 from the Fisher’s Landing station arrived on scene first and blocked the two left lanes of the bridge, Spatz said. Eventually the engine was able to move one of the cars, which wasn’t drivable after the crash, into the left lane. The engine remained at the scene of the crash, blocking one lane for about 45 minutes, until a tow truck removed the car, Spatz said.

It wasn’t the only crash on the Glenn Jackson Bridge on Wednesday morning.

Firefighters on another engine saw two more fender benders on the bridge on the return trip to Vancouver, he said.

The bridge was “extremely foggy” this morning, which could have been a factor in the crashes, Spatz said.