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Distracted driving blamed for crash that backs up I-205 morning commute

By , Columbian staff writer
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A crash at a construction zone at the junction of Interstate 205 and state Highway 500 Thursday morning. Investigators said a Vancouver man failed to yield and crashed a semitruck into the rear of an attenuator truck.
A crash at a construction zone at the junction of Interstate 205 and state Highway 500 Thursday morning. Investigators said a Vancouver man failed to yield and crashed a semitruck into the rear of an attenuator truck. (Contributed by the Washington State Patrol) Photo Gallery

A Vancouver semitruck driver crashed into the back of an attenuator truck warning drivers of a construction zone at the junction of Interstate 205 and state Highway 500 Thursday morning.

Washington State Patrol Troopers responded to the crash reported at 4:41 a.m. at I-205 north, at milepost 30. Investigators determined an attenuator truck was in the right lane before a construction zone, with warning lights activated, according to a crash memo.

Kenneth E. Clark, 51, was driving a semitruck with two trailers when he failed to yield and crashed into the rear of the attenuator truck, the State Patrol said.

Clark was not injured, and there was no one inside the attenuator truck, according to the crash memo. The crash caused an extensive backup on the freeway during the morning commute.

Troopers said the cause of the crash was distracted driving.

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