Two men injured in Dollars Corner crash

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter


Updated: August 14, 2013, 8:50 PM


What’s that on the ground? Is it dirt?

Nope. The brown material around the Toyota SUV is a product called Absorb. Emergency responders use it to wipe up fluids, like car oil, and then they ship it off to a disposal site.

Two local men were injured in a rear-end collision Wednesday morning in Dollars Corner that blocked traffic for half an hour.

Just before 11:30 a.m., a Toyota RAV4 driven by Leslie Bruce, 74, of Battle Ground was eastbound on Highway 502, also known as Northeast 219th Street, when a Nissan Pathfinder slowed in front of it, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The Toyota rear-ended the Nissan on the highway, east of Northeast 72nd Avenue, said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy, spokesman for Clark County Fire & Rescue. Bruce and the pickup driver, Jason Wing, 26, of Vancouver were injured and transported by ambulance to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.

Neither man was in the hospital’s directory Wednesday night.

Their injuries would have been worse if either driver hadn’t been wearing his seat belt, Dawdy said.

Traffic was stopped for about 30 minutes on the highway while the State Patrol investigated the accident. Both vehicles were totaled and had to be towed from the crash site.

Bruce was cited by the patrol for driving too fast for the conditions.