Southbound I-5 traffic back to normal following car fire

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Updated: January 7, 2013, 12:33 PM

 

Traffic is back to normal after an early morning car fire on Interstate 5 southbound near NE 179th Street.

Clark County Fire & Rescue crews extinguished the flames from the car, at milepost 10, but traffic remained backed up for about a mile, Battalion chief Tim Dawdy said.

The male driver saw his car start smoking, pulled over and escaped without injury, Dawdy said. He called 911 about 7:50 a.m. One lane of the interstate was blocked for about 40 minutes, slowing traffic.

Washington State Patrol and Washington Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.