Photo by Jennie McGhan
A Sunnyside police officer this morning directs traffic exiting I-82 at exit 69. Motorists were detoured to Yakima Valley Highway due to the freeway being closed to eastbound traffic.
As of Monday, October 21, 2013
I-82 eastbound was closed at exit 69, and traffic was diverted early this morning (Monday) due to a multi-vehicle accident at milepost 73 near Grandview.
The Washington State Department of Transportation said officials from the Washington State Patrol and WSDOT personnel were working the scene.
The accident, say officials, occurred at approximately 5:45 a.m. and the roadway was not expected to be open until approximately 9:30 a.m.
Lieutenant Tom Foster of the Washington State Patrol said five vehicles were involved in the accident.
He said a driver stopped in the middle of the roadway.
“The driver didn’t have his lights on and several other vehicles coming around the curve struck him,” said Foster.
He said there is reason to believe the motorist was intoxicated. “He is in custody in the Yakima County jail under investigation for vehicular assault,” Foster said.
Several motorists suffered significant injuries and were transported to Sunnyside Community Hospital, he said.
Traffic was detoured to Yakima Valley Highway from exit 69.
Assisting with the detour and freeway closure were officers from the Sunnyside and Grandview police departments.