Rollover crash on I-5 in Ridgefield sends three to hospital

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Updated: August 8, 2013, 9:30 PM

 

A rollover accident sent three people to the hospital Thursday evening and clogged traffic on Interstate 5 southbound about one mile south of La Center.

The crash was reported just before 5 p.m. near Mile Post 15. Mickael F. Enriquez, 27, of Quebec, Canada, was driving a 2002 Mazda Protege about 70 mph in the right lane. When he fixed his glasses, the car started to drift out of the lane. Enriquez over-corrected and the Protege rolled several times, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The car came to rest on its top on the right shoulder of the freeway. Enriquez and his two passengers, Charles-Alexander Morin, 21, and Emilie Fortin, 23, both from Quebec, were transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

Thursday night Fortin was listed in serious condition at the hospital while Morin and Enriquez were both in satisfactory condition.

The right lane was blocked near the accident site for about 45 minutes while troopers investigated.

Driver inattention caused the crash, according to the State Patrol, but charges are still pending.