State Patrol: Inattention causes four-car collision on Padden Parkway

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter and Patty Hastings, Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith



A Vancouver woman caused a four-vehicle rear-end collision on Highway 500 around 10 a.m. Thursday after she failed to notice cars that were stopped in a work zone, according to Washington State Patrol.

The woman, Nicola Mease, 51, was driving her 2001 Nissan Altima east on Highway 500 at Milepost 8, which is a Washington State Department of Transportation work crew cleaning area. Two reader boards displayed warnings to motorists to prepare to stop.

Mease was driving about 45 mph and did not notice stopped vehicles ahead of her and failed to slow or stop, according to Washington State Patrol. Her Altima struck a 2002 Honda Odyssey, which then created a chain reaction, involving a 2007 Ford Econovan and a 2007 Dodge Ram pickup.

Mease was the only person injured, and she was transported to the PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for minor injuries.

The State Patrol determined that speed and inattention caused the collision. Mease was cited for speeding.

Her car was totaled and towed from the accident scene.

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