Cowlitz Co. Crash Report: Wrong-way crash on I-5 NB near Woodland kills 1, injures 1

Crash Report: I-5 NB near Woodland, Cowlitz Co., WA


Report ID: 2024 May 16

NCIC#: Unknown

OFFICER ID#: Unknown

Traffic Unit(s) Involved: 2

Occupants: 2

Injuries/Fatalities: Yes

Vehicle Damage (If Any): Likely

Property Damage (other than vehicles): Unknown

Road Surface Condition: Unknown

Manner of Crash Impact (Single Vehicle, Angle, Left Turn, Rear-End, Head-On, Sideswipe, U-Turn, Other, Unknown): Head-on

Location of Pedestrian/Cyclist (If Any): N/A


COWLITZ CO., WA – A 62-year-old man died on Thursday in a wrong-way crash along the interstate in southern Cowlitz County.

The incident happened around 8:20 p.m. on the northbound side of I-5 near mile marker 25, which is just north of Woodland.

Police say that a southbound Mercedes entered the northbound side of the interstate and collided head-on with a northbound green Chevrolet Suburban.

The driver of the Mercedes died at the scene of the accident. Authorities identified him as Billy L. Wells Jr.

Medics transported the other driver to the hospital with undisclosed injuries.

A full investigation is underway.

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