WSDOT: Astoria-Megler Bridge back open

WSDOT: Astoria-Megler Bridge back open
Photo by Oregon State Police.

ASTORIA, Ore. - High winds caused a semi to overturn on the Astoria-Megler Bridge between Oregon and Washington on Monday morning, forcing the closure of the bridge. It wasn't until just before 7 p.m. crews were able to get all lanes reopened, according to WSDOT.

A wind gauge in nearby Megler reported a gust of 101 mph during the height of the storm.

Police said the driver, 50-year-old Rodney L. Woodzell of Dayton, Ohio, suffered minor injuries in the crash.

According officials with the Oregon Department of Transportation, two crews tried to go onto the bridge during the day to remove the semi but were met with unsafe conditions and had to wait until the storm passed.

The crash came as a strong weather system brought rain and high winds to the region.