Kelso woman killed in I-5 crash near Woodland

Kelso woman killed in I-5 crash near Woodland

Credit: Washington State Trooper William Finn

Kelso woman killed in I-5 crash near Woodland

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by Teresa Blackman, kgw.com Staff

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Posted on August 7, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 7 at 8:56 AM

WOODLAND, Wash. – A woman was killed when the SUV she was in collided with a semi-truck along Interstate 5 near Woodland, Wash. Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The crash happened around 1 p.m., when traffic suddenly slowed so drivers could avoid debris that fell off a trailer towed by a motorhome, according to Washington State Trooper William Finn.

The passenger in the SUV died at the scene. She was later identified as Teresa Haines, 46, of Kelso. The driver, Roger Haines, 48, of Kelso, was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment.  He was also being investigated for impairment, Finn said. 

The driver of the semi-truck was not hurt.

Investigators believe Roger Haines swerved out of his lane and hit the semi-truck, which was also traveling southbound.

All lanes were initially blocked by the crash and traffic quickly backed up all the way to Kalama, according to Finn. Just before 2:30 p.m., all lanes were reopened, but traffic was still backed up about 10 miles.

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