The Daily Astorian and
The Associated Press
ASTORIA The Astoria Bridge reopened at 9:05 a.m. today after a two-vehicle fatal accident closed it for nearly four hours.
One person died in crash near the middle of the 4.1 mile bridge.
Both vehicles involved in the accident appear to be from Washington.
A small car was traveling northbound on the bridge, according to police officials, and hit a southbound pick-up truck head-on, pushing the truck out onto the guardrail, teetering over the side of the bridge for nearly an hour. That driver was rescued. The driver of the car died.
Oregon State Police closed the bridge for the investigation.
An OSP dispatcher said the call about the accident first came in from Astoria Regional Dispatch at 5:29 a.m. OSP?was on scene by 6 a.m.
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River launched a 25-foot response boat crew at approximately 6 a.m. to the scene. The crew patrolled the waters below the accident and acted as a safety standby in the event that a person or debris should fall into the water.
The Oregon Department of Transportation advised drivers to take U.S. Highway 30 to the nearest alternate bridge at Longview, Wash., near Rainier.