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Rollover on I-5 Bridge hampers morning commute in Vancouver

By , Columbian Breaking News Reporter

A crash on the Interstate 5 Bridge early Thursday stalled traffic coming into and going out of Vancouver.

The rollover occurred on the northbound span of the I-5 Bridge about 4:55 a.m. It blocked two lanes and part of a third, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn.

The driver, identified as 22-year-old Andrea S. Poggio, was taken to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center for treatment of apparently minor injuries, troopers said.

According to Finn, troopers suspect Poggio was impaired at the time of the crash. Troopers obtained a search warrant for a blood sample that will be sent to the state toxicologist for analysis.

The crash was cleared around 6:45 a.m., according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. However, it had a lasting impact on the morning commute. The freeway’s southbound traffic was slowed for several hours as drivers slowed to have a look.

The backup of cars stretched north of Northeast 78th Street at one point, according to traffic maps.

Vehicles trying to get onto I-5 southbound plugged up streets in downtown Vancouver. C-Tran said on Twitter that bus service at Turtle Place was temporarily suspended.

Officials urged commuters to use Interstate 205 to get to Portland, but traffic on that freeway quickly piled up. Maps showed stop-and-go traffic quickly reaching Northeast Padden Parkway.