TRI-CITIES, Wash. - The Tri-Cities area had over 100 crashes in 24 hours between Thursday and Friday evening following an ice storm that started shortly after 5 p.m.
Troopers have responded to 83 reports of crashes in the area within that timeframe, according to Washington State Patrol.
While they could not say exactly how many of them were due to icy weather conditions, they said it’s safe to assume slick roads played a factor in most of them.
Additionally, the Benton County Sheriff’s office said it has responded to numerous crashes. While they weren’t able to provide an exact number, spokesman Sgt. Erickson said he personally responded to seven crashes and semi-truck jackknifes in the Weber Canyon area on Friday morning alone.
When we called Richland Police at about 11 a.m. Friday morning, they said they were dealing with four crashes at once. Sgt. Jenkins said there were at least a dozen crashes if not more overnight.
Kennewick Police also said there were “a lot” of crashes by Friday morning. Just before 5 p.m. Friday evening, they warned that roads are still slick and some trees have fallen as a result of the ice.
We were not able to get ahold of Pasco Police.