Crash on I-205 near SR 14 blocks lanes, causes backup

By Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings


Updated: February 12, 2014, 5:09 PM


A crash involving a vehicle and a tractor-trailer Tuesday night on Interstate 205 near state Highway 14 blocked two lanes of the highway for about an hour and a half.

William White, 28, of La Center was driving a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer north on I-205 when he attempted to pass a tractor-trailer, lost control and struck the jersey barrier and the rig, according to Washington State Patrol. Agency spokesman Trooper Will Finn said it was raining at the time of the crash, which was reported about 9:30 p.m.

The Mercury blocked the left lane, and the tractor-trailer blocked the two center lanes until about 11 p.m., Finn said. At one point, all of the northbound lanes were closed while troopers investigated whether the tractor-trailer was leaking any fluids. Traffic was temporarily diverted to state Highway 14.

Neither White nor the driver of the tractor-trailer were injured. White was cited for driving too fast.

En route to the collision, a Vancouver fire truck lost a fire hose on the southbound lanes of the Glenn Jackson Bridge. The crew apparently didn’t realize they had lost a piece of equipment off the back of the truck, Finn said. Three cars hit the hose, and two of them had to be towed, according to the Portland Police Bureau, which responded to the collisions on I-205 southbound.