Wanted man, passenger killed in wrong-way crash while fleeing troopers on I-82
UPDATE: Troopers have identified the driver and passenger who died as 35-year-old Seth Button of Toppenish and 40-year-old Neil Sartain of Grandview.
YAKIMA, Wash. — A fugitive and his passenger were killed in a wrong-way crash on I-82 as they fled from state troopers in Yakima, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Trooper Chris Thorson said around 3 a.m. Tuesday, deputies in Kittitas County initiated a pursuit with a Toppenish man who was wanted on a felony Department of Corrections warrant.
WSP troopers took over the pursuit when the fleeing driver crossed into Yakima County on I-82 eastbound.
About 20 minutes later, the driver crossed into the westbound lanes of I-82 and began heading in the wrong direction through the city of Yakima, forcing troopers to call off the chase.
The driver struck another vehicle head-on near the Beech Street overpass, causing fatal injuries to himself and his passenger. The other driver was rushed to a local hospital with injuries.
Drivers on I-82 westbound had to use a detour to get around the crash from about 3:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. as troopers conducted an investigation.
The names of the deceased will not be made public until next of kin are notified.