Three-vehicle collision blocks Highway 99 traffic for 2 hours

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Highway 99 in Hazel Dell was blocked for about two hours Thursday evening after a three-car collision.

Nobody was injured in the collision, but both directions of the highway were closed near Northeast 112th Street because there was debris and gasoline on the roadway. When the crash was reported was 5:21 p.m., Clark County Sheriff's Deputy Wayne Phillips was already at the intersection responding to an earlier fender-bender off to the side of the road.

He said a vehicle was traveling north on Highway 99 and stopped for traffic to turn left onto Northeast 112th Street when it was rear-ended by another vehicle. The first vehicle was pushed into oncoming traffic and struck by another car, Phillips said. The fuel tank in one of the vehicles ruptured, spilling a lot of gas onto the roadway.

The driver responsible for the crash will be cited for following too closely, Phillips said.