Trailer fails, blocks traffic near Fourth Plain

By Craig Brown, Columbian metro editor



An overloaded trailer on a tractor-trailer rig collapsed on itself Friday afternoon in Vancouver, spilling fuel and snarling traffic, but not causing any reported injuries.

The accident was reported at 4:12 p.m. at the intersection of Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard and Northeast 65th Avenue.

“It was a major traffic hazard for a couple of hours,” said Vancouver police Officer Ilia Botvinnik.

He said the trailer was not hauling any sort of hazardous material; it was just too heavy.

Photos taken by a passer-by, Michael Snyder, showed the trailer collapsed in the middle, in a V-shape.

“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” Snyder said.

Vancouver police and firefighters responded, and called for the public works department to set up traffic barricades along surrounding streets including Campus Drive and Kyocera Way.

After some consideration about whether the trailer would have to be unloaded, two big trucks from TLC Towing were finally called to tow away the tractor and trailer.