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Vancouver woman injured in fiery I-205 crash

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor

A 23-year-old Vancouver woman was taken to a hospital Monday night following a fiery crash along the east side of northbound Interstate 205, just north of Mill Plain Boulevard.

Vancouver police and firefighters were called at about 9:15 p.m. to a crash involving injuries, emergency dispatch records show.

Fire department spokesman Joe Spatz said firefighters were initially dispatched to a brush fire along the freeway. But when they arrived, they discovered a pickup burning on the east side of I-205, just north of the Northeast 112th Avenue offramp.

It’s unclear how the pickup ended up in that spot. It reportedly struck a light pole and sign, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn.

Fire crews stationed at The Offramp Sports Bar & Grill, 400 N.E. 112th Ave., Spatz said. They cut a fence behind the business to access the blaze, he said, and quickly extinguished it.

Afterward, they received reports of a patient about 75 yards south of the location. Spatz said they don’t know how the woman got there or the extent of her injuries. She was transported by AMR to a local hospital, he said.

A tipster told The Columbian that two Samaritans pulled the woman out of the pickup through a window and carried her away from the fiery wreck.

The woman, whose name was not released, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, Finn said. A search warrant was requested to draw her blood for testing, he said.


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