Pasco senior ejected from pickup truck in flaming crash on a Walla Walla County highway
BURBANK, Wash. — Officials from the Washington State Patrol (WSP) confirmed that a 73-year-old man from Pasco was ejected from his pickup truck during a car accident on a highway in Walla Walla County on Wednesday afternoon.
According to WSP Trooper Chris Thorson, a 50-year-old semi-truck driver from Richland and the aforementioned Pasco man were each in a left-side turning lane on eastbound U.S. 12 headed to Dodd Rd. Suddenly, a 57-year-old in a pickup truck and trailer hauling a commercial lawnmower arrived near the intersection and crashed into the semi.
That commercial truck sheared through the pickup and rendered the Pasco man’s seatbelt ineffective. As the sole occupant of the truck, he was thrust from his vehicle and suffered serious injuries as the three vehicles were set ablaze.
WSP Troopers are still investigating the exact cause of the accident—although their early findings suggest that the influence of drugs/alcohol was not a factor in this collision. The responsible party was not arrested and no charges have been submitted at this stage in the investigation.
Traffic on U.S. 12 was stopped for nearly three miles while firefighters, police and medical professionals rushed to the scene to assist. That backup lasted for several hours into Wednesday evening, even causing some drivers to turn around in the middle of the roadway and head back in the opposite direction before they were blocked off by WSDOT crews.
As of Friday, June 17, the Pasco senior remains hospitalized—although the extent of his injuries is not clear at this point. We have no further details on the condition of the other two people involved in this accident.
Around the same time, WSP Troopers responded to another crash on U.S. 12 at East A St, where someone tried turning onto the highway and was struck by an oncoming vehicle. The responsible party is being charged with a failure to yield the right of way. There were injuries as a result of that crash.
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