WSP: More than 500 crashes since Friday

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    WASHINGTON- Washington State Patrol has been dealing with a lot of crashes due to snow over the last week.

    They say that there have been more than 500 crashes in southwest Washington since Friday morning, when a winter storm covered the entire region in snow.

    “The majority of all of our collisions since Friday have been people driving too fast for roadway and weather conditions,” said Trooper Thorson.

    As of early Tuesday morning, there have been 280 crashes in the Tri-Cities, 105 in the Yakima area, 137 in the Sunnyside area and 15 in the Walla Walla area.

    According to Trooper Thorson that is just on the highways and freeways.

    “We’re seeing a lot of vehicles with rear-wheel drive and summer tires,” said Trooper Thorson. “They’re having a lot more problems than four-wheel and all-wheel vehicles.”

    Thorson added that drivers need to adjust their speeds, and that means they may need to drive much slower than the posted speed limit.

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