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Published on Monday March 14, 2011 - 1:58 PM
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On Sunday afternoon, Washington County Sheriff's deputies responded to a crash on Highway 99W south of SW Bell Road (just south of the City of Sherwood). At about 3 p.m, a weather front was moving through the area that brought high winds and heavy rain.

Deputies investigating the crash determined that cars in the north-bound lanes had slowed down for debris in the road. Witnesses told them that several large branches had been blown off the trees that border the roadway.

As the traffic slowed, the driver of a '97 white Nissan Sentra slammed into the back of a 2000 Chevy Pickup truck. The impact caused major damage to the Nissan. Neither driver was injured in the crash.

Both lanes of Highway 99W were blocked for a short period while the wreckage was cleared from the road. The driver of the Nissan was cited for following too closely.

Deputies responded to several weather related calls this afternoon, including a tree that fell on a house and knocked the power lines down. No one was injured in that incident.

Deputies would like to remind people that with the spring weather, heavy rains and winds can be expected at times. It is important to leave enough distance between your car and the one in front of you during these periods. Rain can decrease your ability to see far ahead of you and water on the road can greatly increase your stopping distance. These two factors alone lead to many rear-end collisions that could have been avoided.