PORTLAND -- A semi-truck driver who allegedly went the wrong way for several miles on Interstate 84 and Interstate 205 early Monday morning before eventually crashing head-on into a car on the Glenn Jackson Bridge has been arrested, police said.
No one was seriously injured in the crash. The driver of the car, Katherine Emerson, 24, of Vancouver, was rushed to Southwest Washington Medical Center where she was treated and released.
The driver of the semi-truck was treated at the scene and then later arrested, police said. Kenneth Eugene Burgess, 49, of Medical Lake, Wash., was charged with DUII, criminal mischief and reckless driving. His bail was set at $10,000.
Police said dispatchers first started getting calls about the semi-truck just after 4 a.m. People reported seeing the vehicle going the wrong way on I-84 east of Wood Village.
"The sheriff's office began pursuing the truck, which continued on to the I-205 bridge northbound in the southbound lanes," said Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau.
After the truck reached the Glenn Jackson Bridge, it crashed into the oncoming car and came to a stop on the north side of the bridge, Simpson said. Emerson's car was totaled and a patrol car was seriously damaged by flying debris.
The crash also created a massive backup on the Clark County commute into Portland. Some drivers reported getting stuck on the bridge for as much as two hours during morning rush hour.
The truck was eventually towed away and all lanes were re-opened by 10:15 a.m.
A second wreck backed up traffic on the main detour route earlier in the morning. The left lane westbound was blocked by a crash about 6 a.m. on SR 14 near the Columbia House Boulevard exit.