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Icy roads cause several traffic accidents near exit on I-82 freeway outside Grandview

GRANDVIEW - A Grandview police officer was busy early this morning (Wednesday) assisting the Washington State Patrol with several accidents that occurred near exit 73 on I-82 just after 5:30 a.m.

The officer happened upon a rollover accident on the icy freeway, but didn't witness the incident. He stopped to check the status of the vehicle's occupants when another vehicle slid off the roadway.

Multiple vehicles were traveling through the area at the time, according to the officer.

One woman was trapped inside a vehicle and the officer requested instructions on how to proceed when he was advised to continue checking on motorists involved in the accidents until a trooper could arrive.

At least one other vehicle was involved in an accident before emergency personnel could arrive on scene, according to police.

It is believed there were five individuals caught up in the melee, according to emergency response personnel at the scene. Two of the victims were transported to Prosser Memorial Hospital for medical treatment.

Grandview Assistant Police Chief Mark Ware said, "The exit 73 overpass is just a nasty road surface in even marginal weather."

He said, "With the precipitation and freezing temps, that sloped curve gives a car additional sideways force to try and hold the road."

Ware continued, stating slick roadways and speed play a factor in causing poor outcomes for motorists.

Also since yesterday, Grandview police have investigated one vehicle theft. A resident reported a vehicle he purchased from a local automotive dealer was allegedly used in Benton County for committing thefts. The owner of the vehicle did not know anything about the thefts and filed a report of vehicle theft, believing it was used without his knowledge.

Grandview police have also responded to four suspicious activity calls, an animal complaint, an automatic alarm and a request for agency assistance. Officers also fielded two informational calls.

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