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Authorities identify pedestrian killed on I-5 near Ridgefield early Tuesday

Miles-long backup stretched north after early morning incident south of 179th Street

By , Columbian Metro Editor
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A 20-year-old Portland man was killed early Tuesday morning when he was repeatedly struck by vehicles on Interstate 5 near Ridgefield, according to the Washington State Patrol.

A State Patrol bulletin released Tuesday evening said Damond L. Eidegrass was walking in the second lane of the freeway near Milepost 9 at about 3 a.m. when he was struck by a 2013 Kenworth truck driven by Hardip Singh, 32, of Puyallup and was subsequently struck by three other vehicles: a 2017 BMW driven by Derek L. Broetje, 37, of Milwaukie, Ore.; a 2020 Freightliner truck driven by Joy H. Price, 31, of Albany, Ore.; and a 2008 Honda Civic driven by Veronica Minjarez, 47, of Vancouver.

Eidegrass was pronounced dead at the scene. None of the drivers were injured, though Price was transported to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center as a precaution.

The crash closed the southbound lanes of I-5, south of 179th Street near Ridgefield, for nearly four hours Tuesday morning.

Southbound traffic lanes reopened shortly after 7 a.m., according to views from traffic cameras and the Washington State Department of Transportation, but a backup that extended as far north as the Pioneer Street interchange in Ridgefield was slow to clear.

Drugs or alcohol are not believed to be involved in the crash.

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