Freezing fog leads to two crashes 30 minutes apart south of Kennewick

Freezing fog leads to two crashes 30 minutes apart south of Kennewick

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Troopers responded to two crashes related to freezing fog south of Kennewick within about 30 minutes during the Wednesday morning commute.

The crashes happened at the Locust Grove overpass that crosses I-82 before 8 a.m. T

Trooper Chris Thorson freezing fog in the area caused the whole overpass to freeze over, creating extremely slick driving conditions.

A pickup heading eastbound crashed, then a westbound sedan rolled onto its top about a half hour later. No significant injuries were reported.

Current highway conditions south of Kennewick on I-82…. Heavy, freezing fog around the Locust Grove overpass (MP114). We are also investigating our 2nd crash in the area. Please slow down in the area and keep your lights turned on. @WSDOT_East pic.twitter.com/HHbMiM4etZ

— Trooper C. Thorson (@wspd3pio) December 11, 2019

Trooper Thorson is reminding drivers that when there’s freezing fog, overpasses are the first roadways to freeze over because cold air goes above and below them.

He said drivers should slow down and always have their lights on, day or night, when driving in these conditions.

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