Columbia Heights closure

Both directions of a section of Columbia Heights Road reopened at about 11 a.m. Monday after a single vehicle accident briefly closed the road near Maplewood Drive about six hours earlier, according to a Longview Police Department press release.

A 2005 white Ford Ranger struck a power pole at 4:46 a.m. and caused Cowlitz PUD to respond to make repairs.

The driver was 36-year-old Matthew Renaud of Longview, who was treated for injuries at St. John Medical Center and released that day, Longview Police Sgt. Chris Blanchard said. Renaud was reported by witnesses to be driving erratically and at high speed before colliding with the utility pole and plunging into a nearby ravine, Blanchard said.

Police suspect that either drugs or alcohol may have been involved in the crash. There was another passenger in the car who was uninjured and released at the scene, but that passenger’s identity was not immediately available.

In 2006, Renaud was put into a coma by a one-car accident at the intersection of Industrial Way and Oregon Way. He was injured when his Honda Accord smashed through a chain link fence and struck a tree shortly after 2 a.m. on Aug. 19. Police said the vehicle was going 70 mph. He was taken by life flight to OHSU for surgery and remained hospitalized for at least two weeks.

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