Two drivers and a toddler hurt in wrong-way collision

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Updated: March 5, 2012, 8:55 PM

 

Two vehicles collided head-on late Sunday morning, state troopers said, after one motorist drove the wrong way on the southbound ramp from Interstate 5 to 39th Street.

About 10:30 a.m., Christopher S. Knight, 24 of Vancouver was driving a 2005 Subaru Outback the wrong way and collided with a 1990 Toyota pickup driven by Susan M. Carnes, troopers said.

Carnes, 46 of Vancouver had been headed south on I-5 and took the offramp to 39th Street correctly, according to a bulletin from the Washington State Patrol.

After the collision, paramedics with AMR Northwest took both drivers to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Both drivers were treated and released. Also taken to the hospital was a 2-year-old girl who was in Knight’s car. The child’s name and medical condition were not released.

Knight was ticketed for allegedly driving the wrong way, the bulletin said.

A number of fatal and serious injury wrong-way collisions have occurred in Vancouver, most notably on state Highway 14.

As a result, city and state transportation

John Branton: 360-735-4513.