UPDATE: Wrong-way driver dies in I-5 crash near Woodland

By Eric Florip, Columbian Transportation & Environment Reporter



One person died and another was seriously injured in a head-on collision on Interstate 5 near Woodland early Saturday morning, according to Washington State Patrol.

Elton Cole of Eagle Creek, Ore., was driving a Honda Civic south in the northbound lanes of I-5 when he hit a Ford F-250 pickup driven by Washougal resident Eric Nelsen, 30, according to the WSP. The crash occurred near milepost 21 at about 5:20 a.m. Saturday.

Cole, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Nelsen, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with serious injuries, said WSP Trooper Will Finn.

Nelsen was reported in satisfactory condition Saturday night.

Police stayed on the scene for about three hours, Finn said. The incident closed two lanes of the interstate for part of the morning.