Fatal traffic crash closes SB Interstate 5 near Ridgefield

Mark Bowder, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.

Feb. 23—A fatal crash involving a pedestrian has closed southbound lanes of Interstate 5 south of 179th Street near Ridgefield.

The crash was reported shortly after 3 a.m. and has caused a miles-long backup as traffic is diverted off the freeway.

A social media post from the Washington State Patrol confirmed the crash was fatal.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is advising motorists to take an alternative route if possible or be prepared for long delays.

Southbound traffic was being diverted off the freeway at 179th Street to avoid the crash scene.