WSP: Negligent driver struck westbound car on S.R. 240 near Columbia Center Blvd

WSP: Negligent driver struck westbound car on S.R. 240 near Columbia Center Blvd Kennewick

UPDATE at 1:00 p.m. on April 20, 2022: A 30-year-old woman from Kennewick is being charged with negligent driving to the second degree for a crash near Columbia Center Blvd on S.R. 240 that put one person in the hospital and backed up traffic on Wednesday morning.

According to a press memo issued by State Troopers this afternoon, the driver of a 2022 Ford Flex was merging onto S.R. 240 at the same time another vehicle was headed westbound on the highway. The Kennewick woman struck a 1997 Toyota 4Runner being driven by a 63-year-old woman from Kennewick.

The victim was transported to Kadlec Regional Medical Center for emergency evaluation and treatment. Her current condition is unknown.

Troopers determined that the cause of this factor was inattention. Substances were not a contributing factor to this accident.


Traffic Alert: Injury collision on S.R. 240 west of Columbia Center Blvd backs up roadways

Image via Trooper C. Thorson, Twitter

RICHLAND, Wash. — State Troopers are observing heavy traffic delays near the border of Kennewick and Richland following a two-car injury collision that occurred on S.R. 240.

According to a social media alert issued by WSP Trooper Chris Thorson, the accident occurred on the highway just west of Columbia Center Blvd. Therefore, the accident is impacting travel along the area of Columbia Center Mall with drivers attempting to exit S.R. 240.

The accident, which caused severe damage to at least one vehicle, took place when a driver lost control of their vehicle bumped over the median. WSP Troopers say that the vehicle is now on the shoulder of eastbound lanes.

Two westbound lanes on S.R. 240 are currently blocked as of 10:13 a.m. on April 20, 2022.

As of the time of this initial publishing, it’s unclear how many people occupied the impacted vehicles. However, injuries are confirmed—though the current condition of those involved has not been revealed by the Washington State Patrol.

This is a developing news story. An update and/or follow-up will be issued once further details are publically revealed.

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