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UPDATE: Head-on collision on I-82 sets semi, median ablaze

A Ford 150 pickup truck reportedly veered across the median of I-82 near the Oregon border, setting a semi truck and the median ablaze.
A Ford 150 pickup truck reportedly veered across the median of I-82 near the Oregon border, setting a semi truck and the median ablaze.

A head-on collision on Interstate 82 on Sunday evening set a truck and the median ablaze near the Columbia River crossing.

Witnesses told dispatchers that an eastbound Ford 150 pickup veered across the median and struck a westbound semi truck. The accident set the semi on fire and triggered a grass fire in the median.

The wreck occurred shortly before 5 p.m. in the westbound lanes of I-82 at milepost 127, about five miles west of the Washington-Oregon border.

A law enforcement officer arriving at the scene told dispatchers that he found a pickup with major front-end damage and the semi fully engulfed in flames. Dispatchers indicated that a motorist was injured, but no further details were available Sunday evening.

The dramatic wreck caused a major traffic backup at the end of the weekend, but one lane is open each direction as of 6:15 p.m., according to the Washington State Patrol.

The Washington State Patrol and local police fire fighting units, including a wildland strike team, responded to the scene.

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