Truck tips at Gee Creek Rest Area in Ridgefield

Truck loaded with baled cardboard

By Tom Vogt, Columbian science, military & history reporter

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Truck tips

A semitrailer loaded with more than 20 tons of baled cardboard tipped on its side Wednesday after pulling off northbound Interstate 5 and entering the Gee Creek Rest Area south of Ridgefield.

The incident happened at about 11:20 a.m. in the rest area, just after the access road splits into a route for trucks and another for passenger vehicles.

There was no effect on freeway traffic, Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn said.

The accident resulted in a sizeable oil spill, said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy, with Clark County Fire & Rescue. CCF&R firefighters and crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation cleaned up the spill.

The truck was driven by Bret C. Wagner, 54, of Wood Village, Ore.

According to a Washington State Patrol news release, Wagner was driving too fast as he tried to negotiate the curving roadway.

The vehicle is owned by Knight Trucking. The trailer was substantially damaged.

“Fortunately, the driver was wearing a seat belt, which led to no injuries,” Dawdy said.