Eastbound I-82 lanes back open after crash, rescue, Life Flight

I-82 Crash east of Prosser
Photo of eastbound I-82 crash from WSP Trooper Chris Thorson

PROSSER, Wash. — A crash Thursday morning on I-82 seriously injured one person and closed the eastbound lanes of the interstate east of Prosser.

The Washington State Patrol shut down was on eastbound I-82 approximately three miles east of Prosser due to the crash involving a passenger vehicle and a semi truck.

First responders called in Life Flight for at least one victim. State Patrol told KAPP-KVEW one person was seriously injured but rescued from the smaller vehicle and flown to a hospital for medical care.

The eastbound lanes of I-82 east of Prosser reopened around 9:30 a.m. approximately two hours after the crash, which caused traffic to back up for miles behind it.

“We have about three miles of completely stopped traffic eastbound that are still parked on the interstate,” WSP Trooper Chris Thorson said shortly before 9 a.m.

The crash scene was located approximately three miles east of Prosser. It’s unclear how the crash happened.

The semi-truck driver was not injured in the crash, troopers say.