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Three hurt in fiery vehicle crash on Highway 503

Police: Intoxicated driving is suspected in the crash

By Stevie Mathieu, Columbian Assistant Metro Editor
Published: July 5, 2016, 5:59pm
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Firefighters work to extinguish a vehicle fire following a crash on state Highway 503.
Firefighters work to extinguish a vehicle fire following a crash on state Highway 503. (Clark County Fire District 3) Photo Gallery

One person reportedly sustained critical injuries and two others were hurt in a fiery vehicle crash Tuesday evening on state Highway 503 in Brush Prairie. Police suspect an intoxicated driver is to blame.

The collision involved three vehicles and occurred at about 5:40 p.m. just north of Northeast 149th Street, according to Clark County Fire District 3. One of the vehicles caught fire.

“A Clark County sheriff’s deputy was first on scene,” the fire district said in a news release. “He and bystanders pulled the trapped single occupant out of the burning car before it (became) completely involved in flames.”

Three people were taken from the scene to local hospitals, the news release said. The fire district did not elaborate on the extent of their injuries, but emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian indicated that one person had critical injuries and two had injuries that were not life threatening.

The crash completely blocked the highway for hours, Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn said on Twitter. A detour was established on 149th Street.

Finn said intoxicated driving is suspected. State Patrol and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the crash.

Columbian Assistant Metro Editor