UPDATE: Vancouver resident dies in I-5 crash near Woodland

By Mark Bowder and Paul Suarez

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Updated: July 26, 2012, 7:06 AM

 
Fatal accident

A Vancouver resident was killed Wednesday when two vehicles and a semi truck crashed on Interstate 5 near Woodland, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The crash occurred at 7:46 p.m. on southbound I-5 north of Exit 21, said WSP Trooper Stephen Robley.

Melissa M. Kelso, 33, of Vancouver died after the crash, according to a state patrol memo. She lost control of her 1998 Honda Civic and hit the rear of a 2004 Toyota Corolla driven by William F. Lambeth, 23, of Tualatin, Ore. Kelso's car continued across the highway until it hit a tractor trailer driven by James Foulke, 36, of Chehalis. Kelso's car stopped against the cement barrier facing north. Lambeth's Corolla came to a rest facing northeast in the center lane. The trailer stopped south of the scene, according to Washington State Patrol.

Kelso died at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, state patrol said. She was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

There were no other reported injuries.

Both cars were totaled in the crash. The semi had a reported $2,000 in damage and was driven from the scene.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.