Traffic Alert: 395 Northbound lane now open after a semi-truck crash

395 Crash

KENNEWICK: Wash. –(Updated: 10:09 a.m. 1/27/2022) The Northbound lane on SR 395 is back open after being closed for three hours due to an overturned semi-truck and trailer, according to a tweet from WSP’s Trooper Thorson. 

Washington State Patrol stated in a press release that the crash happened at 6:28 a.m. Thursday morning, due to “speed too fast for conditions,” no alcohol or drugs were involved. 

According to WSP, the driver, identified as 50-year-old Christopher McGee from Derby, KS, was headed Northbound on SR 395 near Hildebrand and “failed to negotiate the curve, struck the barrier, and rolled.” 

Kennewick Police and WSP were warning drivers on social media to avoid the area of 395 near Ridgeline (MP 14) because the overturned semi-truck was blocking the Northbound lane, and the Southbound lane was moving very slowly, according to KPD’s Twitter account. 

The WSP press release said that McGee was wearing a seatbelt, and he was transported to Trios Health due to his injuries. According to WSP, he’s been charged with “Negligent Driving 2nd Degree.”

At 8:28 a.m. (1/27/2022), Trooper Thorson from WSP tweeted, “KPD extricated the driver and transported him to the local ER. They also saved the driver’s cat! We will keep him safe and fed until the driver is released from the hospital.”

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