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One killed, three children hurt in Interstate 5 crash north of Vancouver

By Mark Bowder, Columbian Metro Editor
Published: August 12, 2021, 7:07am

One person was killed and three others injured early Thursday when a car crashed into a Washington State Department of Transportation attenuator truck on Interstate 5 north of Vancouver, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The crash occurred at about 12:02 a.m. near the 179th Street interchange when a 2005 Mazda sedan driven south by Patricia C. Slater, 35, of Longview crashed into a fully lit WSDOT attenuator truck that was parked in the left lane of the freeway, the state patrol said.

Slater died at the scene. Three passengers in the vehicle, Amari Slater, 3; Jocelynn Slater, 9; and Logan Slater, 5, were injured and transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, the state patrol said.

The driver of the attenuator truck, Deena M. Bringham, 54, of Vancouver was not injured, the state patrol said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, according to the state patrol. It said it was not known if drugs or alcohol might have been involved.

This story was updated to accurately state the ages of the crash victims provided by Washington State Patrol.

Columbian Metro Editor