GRANDVIEW - Westbound motorists on I-82 near Grandview were slowed by a one-vehicle rollover accident yesterday afternoon.
The Washington State Patrol reports that a tractor-trailer hauling a backhoe rolled on the freeway Wednesday afternoon at about 3:30 p.m. near milepost 73, just east of Grandview. Westbound traffic was temporarily halted, but within a half hour or so motorists were able to proceed past the wreckage along the shoulder of the roadway. At about 5:30 p.m. one lane of the westbound roadway was opened to motorists. By about 6 p.m. both westbound lanes were cleared and traffic was flowing normally.
WSP troopers said the accident occurred when the 1976 International semi-truck, driven by Michael J. Dalrymple, 26, of Prosser, drifted off onto the right shoulder of the freeway. Dalrymple apparently lost control of the vehicle and it rolled onto its side. The trailer, said troopers, separated from the truck and the backhoe atop the trailer rolled onto the freeway.
Dalrymple was taken by private vehicle to Sunnyside Community Hospital for medical care.
Charges against Dalrymple are pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation.