Woman injured in rear-end collision

By Patty Hastings, Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith



A rear-end collision clogged northbound traffic on Interstate 5 in Ridgefield Tuesday afternoon.

At 1:16 p.m. Hermance J. Bryant, 78, of Aberdeen was driving her 2005 Toyota Camry north on I-5 when the car suddenly got a flat tire and slowed down near Mile Post 16 between La Center and the Ridgefield weigh station. Thomas Sutton, 19, of Kalama, was driving his 2005 Suzuki Forenza behind Bryant when he collided with the back of the Camry, according to a memo from the Washington State Patrol.

The vehicles left the roadway and the Camry struck the barrier cable in the median of the freeway, taking out 20 feet of cable, Trooper Will Finn said.

Bryant suffered a possible broken pelvis and was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. She was discharged about 5 p.m.

Sutton was cited for following too closely, Finn said.

Both vehicles were totaled and towed from the scene.

The Washington State Patrol is investigating the collision.

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