Dozens of car crashes after snow hits Tri-Cities area
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A multiple car collision on I-82 north of the Oregon border took place on Monday.
Washington State Troopers said at least four vehicles including a semi slid off the road on I-82 north of the Oregon border.
Troopers said a semi hit a guardrail and the accident lead to a destructive chain reaction with one vehicle after another crashing.
According to Troopers medics rushed at least four people to the hospital with minor injuries.
Washington State Troopers said they responded to at least 55-crashes in the Tri-cities area and that number is expected to get higher into Tuesday morning.
Washington State Trooper Daniel Mosqueda said snow, sleet, ice and wind have played a role in multiple collisions and spin outs and drivers need to slow down.
“If it’s snowing out and the speed limit is 60 mph but you don't feel comfortable going 60 mph its okay to do 50 mph or slower at the end of the day we want to make sure you’re not involved in a collision and you can drive your vehicle safely,” said Mosqueda.
Mosqueda said when snow is on the roadway it’s going to make your commute more difficult and drivers need to prepare for any unexpected stop.
He said, “you want to make sure you have a blanket maybe some water bottles, granola bars, snacks”.
Troopers warn drivers to take extra precaution around bridges and roundabouts because those areas tend to be trouble spots.
“If you go over a bridge that bridge maybe frozen compared to the roadway you were just driving on and the reason being is the bridge has air going under it and over it which is going to cool that surface down a lot faster than the actual roadway,” said Mosqueda.
The city of Pasco said crews will be monitoring the roadways and applying deicer as needed.
Secondary roadways and neighborhoods will likely have more snow pilled and the city of Pasco is asking residents to clear their side walk to keep roads safe.
Troopers said the best choice is to stay home if possible and drive very slow if you do have to drive in these conditions.