WSP: 300 crashes on Tri-Cities, Yakima highways

WSP: 300 crashes on Tri-Cities, Yakima highways

What a snowy mess on the roads. Hours after announcing troopers had helped with 100 mostly storm-related crashes by Monday afternoon, Washington State Patrol says that number has tripled.

By 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, Trooper Chris Thorson reported that since the snow started falling this week, WSP has investigated 300 crashes: 137 in the Yakima area and 163 in the Tri-Cities region.

One of those crashes was deadly. A 7-year-old girl lost her life in a crash Monday night on Highway 395. Troopers say she was not wearing a seatbelt as her mother lost control of their car.

Benton County Emergency Services reports receiving more than 200 calls for accidents in Benton and Franklin Counties over the 24-hour period from 8 a.m. Monday to 8 a.m. Tuesday. The agency said it typically receives 20 such calls in a day.

First responders urge you to drive slowly and keep a safer distance than usual behind the car in front of you.

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