Snow, slippery roads spur six fender benders in north county

No injuries reported

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Updated: January 17, 2012, 12:52 PM

 

Snowy conditions in north Clark County late Monday afternoon helped usher at least six cars into ditches.

They accidents occurred between 4:15 and 5:30 p.m. near Munch, Reid and Grantham roads around Fargher Lake; and Kelly Road, which runs north of Lucia Falls Road, a few miles west of Yacolt.

No one was reported injured. The majority of the accidents were caused by driving too fast for road and weather conditions, an official said.

Public Works crews kept state Highway 503 clear by spraying chemicals, said Gordon Brooks, an Emergency Medical Technician with North Country EMS and a battalion chief with Fire District 10 in Amboy.

Brooks said he measured more than 4 inches of snow in the area, and said most county roads in that area had slushy snow that can be slippery.

Temperatures hovering just above freezing are likely, said an official with the National Weather Service. He said there could be pockets of ice on some north county roads but he did not forecast a major black ice event.

In Vancouver late Monday night, temperatures of 35 to 38 degrees were expected and there is a potential for snow, the NWS official said.

A Washington Patrol Dispatcher said about 9:30 p.m. Monday that she was aware of no accidents on state freeways and highways at that time.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.