Passenger flees accident on Yakima River Bridge on I-182

Passenger flees accident on Yakima River Bridge on I-182

RICHLAND, Wash. — A driver was hospitalized after crashing into a barrier on the eastbound lane of the Yakima River Bridge (I-182) on Friday. Authorities say that a passenger fled the scene of the crash, but they do not know who this person was or where they went.

According to a press memo issued by the Washington State Patrol (WSP), the accident occurred around 12:45 p.m. on the afternoon of June 4, 2021. A 42-year-old female resident of Pasco was headed eastbound on I-182 in her 1996 Chevy Tahoe.

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WSP troopers say that the woman swerved due to a tire in the middle of the road, causing her to crash into a concrete barrier. She was hurt in the crash and was transported to Kadlec Regional Medical Center to be treated for her injuries. At this point, no further information about the passenger has been revealed.

One eastbound lane of I-182 was blocked off for some time, causing light traffic on Friday afternoon. It was cleared up relatively quickly and will not impact evening commutes in the region.

This is a breaking news story based on information from the WSP. An update or follow-up will be issued if more information is revealed.

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