Washington State Patrol Troopers Injured In I-90 Truck Crash!
Overnight, there were two separate accidents in Kittitas County involving two semi trucks and two cars.
According to the Washington State Patrol (WSP), the occurrences started at roughly 9:45 p.m. on Sunday when a semi-truck lost control and off the road on Interstate 90, four miles west of Cle Elum.
A parked Washington State Department of Transportation (DOT) truck that was responding to the initial accident was struck by another semi several hours later, at around 1:15 a.m. on Sunday. The DOT vehicle struck a WSP cruiser that was parked in front of it after the incident set off a series of events that led to another collision.
Two troopers were hurt in the multiple-vehicle collision, according to WSP Trooper Jeremy Weber.
“The DOT truck was not occupied at the time of the collision, however one of our troopers was inside the patrol vehicle when it was hit by the DOT truck. So he was transported along with another trooper who was on the scene investigating who moved out of the way and got tangled up in some barbed wire.”
Troopers Jeffrey G. Wood, 33, of Kennewick, and Luis A. Silva, 32, of Yakima, together with 75-year-old Lazaro V. Renteria of El Paso, Texas, the driver of the second semi, were all transported with minor wounds to Kittitas Valley Healthcare.
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The semi’s 43-year-old Puyallup driver, Anatoli Shramovych, was evacuated to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle while suffering only minor injuries.
The accidents, according to Trooper Weber, are a crucial reminder of Washington’s “Move Over” legislation.
“I think it’s a good reminder for people when they see emergency vehicles, that it’s state law to move over into the next lane if you can. And if it’s occupied and there’s only that single lane available, then drivers are required to slow down ten miles an hour below the posted speed limit.”
The official reason for both collisions was distracted driving, which resulted in citations for both Shramovych and Renteria.