Four-vehicle crash near WA/OR border in Benton County lands two people in the hospital

KENNEWICK, Wash. — State  Troopers rushed to State Route 14 in Benton County this morning for a four-vehicle injury collision that involved a semi-truck, van, pickup truck and passenger car.

According to a press memo issued by the Washington State Patrol (WSP), the accident was reported around 7:18 a.m. on June 30. A semi-truck and van were headed eastbound while the passenger car and pickup were westbound on S.R. 14.

The van was stopped on the roadway, preparing to make a turn and adhering to the right of way. However, the semi-truck driver couldn’t recognize this in time and crashed into the van, which was pushed into the eastbound lane and struck an oncoming pickup.

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WSP officials say the semi-truck then veered into the eastbound lane and hit the passenger vehicle. State Troopers say the semi-truck driver faces a second-degree negligent driving charge for his role in the accident.

The first driver that was hit, a 22-year-old man from Kennewick, and the pickup truck driver, a 56-year-old man from Idaho, were each transported to Trios Health Southridge Hospital for emergency evaluation and treatment. No further details on their condition have been made public at this time.

Crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) set up detours near Plymouth since the roadway was completely blocked, but it has since re-opened to the public.

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