Multi-vehicle accident on I-82 causes rollover, hit-and-run in Prosser


PROSSER, Wash. — A three-car accident on I-82 in Prosser sent a passenger to the hospital after the driver swerved to avoid a collision, but struck a vehicle that crashed into the third car.

According to a press release issued by the Washington State Patrol (WSP), the accident took place around 11:36 a.m. on Thursday morning. The cause is still under investigation by local authorities and intoxication from drugs or alcohol is unknown at this time.

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The first vehicle, a 2001 Ford Expedition SUV being driven by a 53-year-old man with a 27-year-old woman in the passenger’s season, was heading westbound on I-82 through the City of Prosser. WSP officials say that the two other vehicles (A 2005 Nissan Altima and an unidentified white sport utility vehicle) were headed in the same direction.

Those two other vehicles slowed to adhere to the flow of traffic. This caused the initial driver to swerve to avoid a collision. The Ford still struck the Nissan, causing it to crash into the third vehicle. That initial vehicle then crashed into a jersey barrier, causing it to roll onto its side.

That woman was transported to Prosser Memorial Hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in the crash. No further information regarding her status has been released. There were two juveniles in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Their car was deemed totalled and was towed away by a local company.

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Meanwhile, the driver of the third vehicle left the scene of the crash headed westbound and has not been identified. Local authorities are investigating this to ensure that the third driver is safe following the collision.

Per local authorities, no one else was injured in the crash.

This is a developing story. A follow-up article will be issued if further developments are announced.


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