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Two killed in wrong-way crash on I-5 near Castle Rock in early morning

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: June 16, 2023, 10:44am

Two people were killed in a wrong-way crash early Friday morning on northbound Interstate 5 near Castle Rock.

Washington State Patrol troopers responded to the crash at 2:45 a.m. on I-5 near Exit 49.

A Ford Ranger drove south in the northbound lanes and struck a Ford Escape. A third vehicle, a Subaru Impreza, also struck the Escape. A Honda Accord then hit debris from the crashes, according to a State Patrol crash memo.

The pickup came to rest at a 90 degree angle, blocking the right lane. The Escape stopped in a ditch off the right shoulder. The Subaru stopped blocking the middle lane, and the Honda came to rest on the offramp, the State Patrol said.

The drivers of the Ford Ranger and Ford Escape, a 22-year-old man with no city of residence listed and 41-year-old man from Tigard, Ore., respectively, were pronounced dead at the scene. The State Patrol did not release their names, pending next of kin notification.

The driver of the Subaru, identified as Kaulin W. Froebe, 22, of Klamath Falls, Ore., was uninjured, but he was taken to PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview as a precaution. The driver of the Honda, identified as Jeremiah E. Heffley, 20, of Salem, Ore., was also uninjured, according to the crash memo.

The State Patrol said it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash. The crash closed I-5 north at Exit 49 for several hours.