Vancouver police are investigating a Thursday night injury crash in which one of the involved cars was ripped in half when it struck a light pole.
Officers responded at 8:13 p.m. to the intersection of East Fourth Plain Boulevard and General Anderson Avenue for a car crash.
An initial investigation found that a white Chevrolet Cobalt and black Acura Integra were speeding west on Fourth Plain, approaching General Anderson, according to a Vancouver Police Department news release.
Witnesses told police the westbound traffic light was red when the Acura continued through the intersection and was struck by an eastbound Toyota Camry, which had a green light and was turning left onto northbound General Anderson, police said.
“This impact sent the Acura into a light pole, splitting the vehicle completely in half,” the police department said.
The Chevrolet sped past the crash scene and fled, police said.
Drivers in both of the wrecked vehicles were taken to the hospital for injuries later found to be minor. The crash shut down the intersection and both directions of Fourth Plain for several hours while police investigated.
The police department’s traffic unit is continuing the investigation. It was noted that speed and impairment appear to be factors in the crash on the part of the Acura driver, who was not named.
Anyone with information on the white Chevrolet Cobalt is asked to contact the traffic unit.