Semi drove wrong way for three miles on Highway 395, causing five-vehicle pileup

Semi drove wrong way for three miles on Highway 395, causing five-vehicle pileup
Courtesy: WSP Trooper Chris Thorson 

Highway 395 closed in both directions Monday evening when a semi-truck drove three miles in the wrong direction and caused a five-vehicle pileup north of Pasco, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Northbound lanes were already shut down near Eltopia around 3:45 p.m. after two semis collided, causing both of them to jackknife, said Trooper Chris Thorson.

As authorities were responding to that crash, a semi-truck drove across the median and started heading north in the southbound lanes.

Trooper Thorson said the driver made it about three miles before causing a crash that involved four semi-trucks and one car near State Route 17. The driver was cited for causing the crash. His information was not immediately available.

The highway was closed in both directions until about 9 p.m., causing massive backups.

UPDATE (6:42 p.m.) Highway 395 is back open in both directions.

Here&039;s a look at traffic trying to head north on Highway 395 outside Pasco after multiple crashes between Eltopia and SR 17 shut down the highway. WSP and Connell PD are on scene. �: Alemu Keskitalo

Posted by KAPP-KVEW Local News on Monday, 11 February 2019

In the line of traffic, there were a number of people bumping into each other and there were several minor crashes as people were waiting to get through.

In less than six hours, there were 21 crashes involving a total of 10 semi-trucks. One person was transported to Lourdes Medical in Pasco but besides that, there were only minor injuries.

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