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Icy conditions prompt crashes, late start for Clark County schools

Two Clark County school districts are starting the day late due to road conditions, which have so far Monday morning resulted in a handful of crashes.

Hockinson School District and Battle Ground Public Schools’ north schools are starting two hours late. 

Battle Ground lists its north schools as Battle Ground High School, Amboy, Yacolt, Chief Umtuch, Captain Strong, Tukes Valley, CAM Academy, River HomeLink and Summit View High School.

The Weather Service in Portland has not issued any weather watches, warnings or advisories for Southwest Washington. However, the weather service posted a graphic on Twitter showing most of Clark County as “ICY!”

Battle Ground’s temperature was 28 degrees as of 7 a.m. 

Emergency responders have been dispatched to several crashes around the Vancouver metro area. 

There are crashes on northbound and southbound Interstate 5, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. 

The northbound crash happened at 6:56 a.m. at Milepost 7.2 near 134th Street. The left lane is blocked by emergency vehicles.

The southbound crash happened at 6:51 a.m. at Milepost 6.3. The right and center lanes are blocked until further notice.

An SUV tipped onto its side on southbound Interstate 205 near Northeast Padden Parkway shortly before 7 a.m., according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian. The driver was uninjured.

A two-vehicle, head-on collision around 7 a.m. at Northeast Andresen Road and East Mill Plain Boulevard is snarling traffic in Vancouver. The vehicles’ occupants were out of their cars when responders arrived, but police have been called to the scene. An officer at the scene told dispatchers the crash was “pretty significant” before requesting sand or deicer for the road.


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