Thursday, January 14, 2016

Two major incidents shut down Route 30

Shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday, rescue crews from several departments responded to a report that a man had jumped off the north side of the Route 30 (Wrights Ferry) Bridge on the Lancaster County side. An abandoned car was found along the westbound lane of the bridge, but after a nearly two-hour search of the river, no one was found. Several rescue boats launched from Columbia River Park, where emergency vehicles were staged. 

About 15 minutes later, emergency personnel received a report of a vehicle accident Class 2 on Route 30 West, near the Route 441 bypass.  Two vehicles, a mid-sized SUV and a Toyota sedan, were involved in the accident, in which the sedan sustained severe rear end damage. A man and a woman were transported from the scene by ambulance, and both vehicles were towed by Midway Collision. The accident was later upgraded to Class 1. Westbound traffic was detoured at Prospect Road, but vehicles already lined up behind the scene were delayed several hours.

The two incidents do not appear to be related.

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