Sports car hits tree in Ridgefield

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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A man was seriously injured after he swerved his car and crashed into a tree Wednesday afternoon along Northeast 10th Avenue in Ridgefield.

At 4:07 p.m., a 30-year-old man was apparently driving his Lotus north on 10th Avenue near Northeast 194th Street. He swerved the vehicle to avoid hitting a school bus that was stopped, drove up an embankment and hit a tree in a yard, said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy with Clark County Fire & Rescue.

Crews from both Fire District 6 and Clark County Fire & Rescue arrived on scene. Firefighters had to cut off the top of the car to remove the man, who was transported by ambulance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with serious injuries, Dawdy said.

Chiefs from Clark County Fire & Rescue said that people need to remember school is back in session and drive slowly in school zones and also to be cautious about children getting on and off the bus.

A high-end sports car with a similar description was reported driving erratically around Clark County earlier today, Dawdy said. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

The man’s name was not released.