Onion-truck crash blocks SR 243 south of Mattawa

SR 243 crash south of Mattawa

SR 243 crash at milepost 1 (WSP)

UPDATE at 7:00 p.m.: An update from WSP Trooper John Bryant confirmed that further complications are closing off SR 243 on Friday night. According to his tweet, a tow truck broke a hydraulic line while attempting to pull the semi out of a ditch. In the process fluid spilled onto the roadway.

Trooper Bryant says that the semi-driver rolled due to an overcorrection after drifting off the roadway. Plan for possible traffic delays in the region.

MATTAWA, Wash. — A crash midday Friday shut down SR 243, the main route through the Hanford Reach area of south-central Washington.

The Washington State Department of Transportation said at 12:15 p.m. that SR 243 was closed in both directions at milepost 1 due to a tractor-trailer collision.

A short time later, the Washington State Patrol tweeted a look at the wreckage 13 miles south of Mattawa, just west of the Vernita Bridge and the junction with SR 24.

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WSP reports a semi carrying onions was involved in a rollover crash. No one was hurt, according to Trooper John Bryant.

State Route 243 runs primarily along the Columbia River from Vernita Bridge at the northwestern tip of the Hanford Site to just south of the Vantage Bridge connecting Grant and Kittitas counties.

SR 243 crash south of Mattawa

SR 243 crash at milepost 1 (WSP)

Transportation officials and troopers are working on a detour via local roads.

There is no estimate on when the route might be reopened.

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The highway affected by the crash links the Tri-Cities area to the Ellensburg area via a mostly riverside route through Desert Aire, Mattawa, Beverly, and Wanapum Village in Grant County.