2 hurt in head-on collision near Battle Ground

Emergency responders clear the scene of a two-vehicle collision on State Route 502 west of Battle Ground. Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (Washington State Patrol)
Emergency responders clear the scene of a two-vehicle collision on State Route 502 west of Battle Ground, Wash. Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (Washington State Patrol)

(KOIN) – Two people were injured when a pickup truck collided with a Freightliner box truck north of Vancouver Wednesday morning, shutting down a highway for more than an hour.

Washington State Patrol (WSP) reports that the collision occurred at about 6 a.m. on State Route 502, near Interstate 5, about 5.5 miles west of Battle Ground. According to WSP, a westbound 2007 Chevrolet pickup crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a Freightliner truck that was turning onto eastbound SR 502 from the northbound I-5 exit.

The driver of the pickup, a 16-year-old boy from Vancouver, was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with serious injuries, including a broken hand, facial lacerations and a possible leg injury.

The driver of the Freightliner, 51-year-old Richard Wassmuth of Vancouver, was taken to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center with leg lacerations.

Drugs and alcohol were not factors in the crash, WSP said.

Eastbound SR 502 was shut down for 90 minutes while responders cleared the scene. WSP is investigating.

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