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Man in serious condition after crashing car into Richland office building

RICHLAND, Wash. - One man was rushed to the hospital after police say a car crashed into a small office building Tuesday night in Richland.

The accident happened near Jadwin Avenue and Swift Boulevard. Before 9 p.m., police and firefighters responded to 1030 Jadwin Avenue after reports of a fire.

When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke and fire coming from the front of the building. The driver appeared to have a medical episode before crashing into the building, said Lt. Chris Lee with Richland PD.

He was transported to Kadlec Regional Medical Center where he is in serious condition, according to Richland Fire Chief Tom Huntington.

He adds that the vehicle was hard to discover due to the heavy smoke upon arrival. The vehicle and driver were not seen until after the fire was put out. Huntington says it’s unclear if the fire started inside the car or building first, but he says most likely the ignition source was the vehicle.

Traffic going northbound is currently closed as first responders clear up the crash and fire.

No one was in the building at the time of the crash. The driver has not been identified.

Both departments will continue to investigate.

 

 

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