Oregon motorcyclist injured after striking semi-truck at Wallula Junction

PASCO, Wash. — Emergency responders rushed to Wallula Junction on Tuesday morning following reports that a motorcycle crashed into a semi-truck, injuring the rider and delaying traffic across WA-12.

According to a press memo issued by the Washington State Patrol (WSP), crews were dispatched to the Wallula Junction around 6:37 a.m.on June 21, 2022. They found that a 64-year-old man from Irrigon, OR was headed eastbound on WA-730 approaching WA-12 roughly 13 miles east of Pasco.

At the same time, a semi-truck being driven by a Weston, OR man in his 50s was westbound on WA-12 approaching WA-730. That’s when the motorcyclist turned onto the westbound lane of WA-12 and collided with the semi-truck.

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The motorcyclist suffered serious injuries and was transported via Life Flight helicopter to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland for emergency treatment. WSP also confirmed that the semi-truck driver did not suffer any injuries as a result of the collision.

While the motorcycle was totled and hauled away by a Pasco-based towing company, the semi-truck was driven away from the scene with minor yet reportable damage.

State Troopers and crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) established detours to allow for traffic to commute through the area while keeping the crash site clear for emergency responders. Traffic has since been cleared and the Wallula Junction is operating as usual.

This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued if further details are revealed.


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