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Chain-reaction crash on I-205 in Vancouver injures woman

By , Columbian Breaking News Reporter
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A three-vehicle crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 205 at Burton Road stalled Tuesday morning traffic and sent a 56-year-old woman to the hospital.

Emergency dispatch logs show multiple agencies responded to the crash about 6:31 a.m. at Milepost 29.7 of the freeway.

Traffic officials initially reported that traffic was quickly backing up to state Highway 500, but reported an optimistic delay of about four minutes. Moments later, that estimate was extended to nearly a half-hour.

A Washington State Patrol crash report said Benjamin J. Root, a 25-year-old Vancouver man, was driving southbound on the freeway in a maroon 2001 Nissan Pathfinder when he rammed into the back of a green two-door Honda Civic, which was pushed into a gray, newer model Ford Escape.

All three vehicles had to be towed from the scene of the crash.

The driver of the Ford Escape, 56-year-old Glynda A. Cox, was injured in the crash and taken to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. Cox was treated and released, according to a Legacy spokeswoman.

Troopers reported that Root was speeding and not paying attention when the crash happened. Root may face speeding and distracted driving charges, according to the WSP report.

Responders were able to clear the scene within 30 minutes.

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