Wreck injures one, temporarily blocks I-5 near Ridgefield

Traffic lanes cleared

By Ray Legendre, Columbian staff writer

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Updated: May 15, 2012, 2:41 PM

 
photoTraffic backs up after two tractor-trailer rigs collided on Interstate 5 southbound Tuesday.

A wreck on Interstate 5 involving two tractor-trailer rigs this afternoon sent one driver to the hospital with minor injuries and blocked southbound traffic near Ridgefield for more than an hour, Washington State Patrol officials said.

Around 1:08 p.m., a tractor-trailer rig rear-ended the rig in front of it, blocking the left and center lanes near Exit 14 on southbound I-5. Traffic flow in those lanes resumed when the rigs were moved to the right lane, leaving that lane momentarily blocked.

As of 2:20 p.m., traffic in all three lanes had resumed its normal flow, said Trooper Ryan Tanner with Washington State Patrol.

One tractor-trailer driver suffered minor leg injuries and was taken by ambulance to an area hospital, Tanner said. Neither the drivers' identities nor the cause of the wreck were immediately available.

The wreck between tractor-trailer rigs happened 43 minutes after a wreck between a car and a tractor-trailer caused traffic to slow down in the area. The 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse involved in that wreck hit the median, Tanner said. What caused the car to do so was not immediately clear.

Minor injuries associated with the initial wreck were reported, but no one was transported to a hospital, Tanner said. The first wreck caused no traffic blockage, he added.