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Car catches fire, shuts down 99W in Tigard

Driver cited for careless driving after striking retaining wall.

TIGARD POLICE - Tigard Police say a 23-year-old Washington man was driving near Interstate 5 when he crashed his car into a retaining wall. The car was then engulfed in flames.One person was cited for careless driving in Tigard early Tuesday morning, after police say he crashed his car into a retaining wall, catching the car on fire.

A Tigard Police Officer was traveling south on Pacific Highway at about 1 a.m., near Interestate 5 when he came upon a vehicle engulfed in flames, according to Tigard Police spokesman Jim Wolf.

The driver, a 23-year-old man from Vancouver, Wash., told police that he had had been driving south on Highway 99W near Interstate 5 when he struck a retaining wall.

The driver and three passengers evacuated the vehicle, which then caught fire, he said.

The driver, whose name was not released, was charged with careless driving and driving while uninsured.

All four of the passengers of the vehicle were taken to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The blaze shut down Pacific Highway for about an hour as Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue crews extinguished the fire and cleaned up the roadway.

By Geoff Pursinger
email: gpursinger@commnewspapers.com
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