UPDATE: Kennewick driver dies in rollover accident on SR 395 near Connell

Image courtesy of WSP Trooper Thorson (@wspd3pio, Twitter)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. — A driver from Kennewick died in a car accident on SR 395, roughly two miles south of Connell on Wednesday afternoon.

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) confirmed the identity of the deceased man: 54-year-old Thomas Bailey. An ongoing investigation by the WSP summarized the incident. They deduct that the driver veered off the roadway and overcorrected, leading his vehicle to roll.

WSP reports indicate that Bailey wore a seatbelt at the time. There is no indication of foul play or intoxication at this time. The next of kin was notified by the Franklin County Coroner. He was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident.

This article was updated with new information at 5:20 p.m. on March 31, 2021. Below is the unaltered original version of this article.

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. — 5A Washington State Patrol (WSP) trooper announced a collision on SR 395, roughly two miles south of Connell.

According to WSP Trooper Chris Thorson, the accident only involved one car. It was announced that the accident was fatal, but no further information regarding the driver or the circumstances of the accident has been released up to this point.

WSP presence is expected to remain near SR 395 at milepost 53 for several hours as they investigate the crash. Despite the incident, the roadway remains clear, so there aren’t any major traffic implications in this instance.

This is a developing story. As new information becomes available, this story will be updated or a follow-up will be published by the KAPP-KVEW news staff.


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