Kennewick trucker's trailer hit by speeding car on Snoqualmie Pass

November 3, 2013 

A Kennewick man’s semi-truck was hit Sunday morning by a Toyota Camry when the car’s driver lost control as he tried to speed past it on Snoqualmie Pass.

Luis C. Mejia, 30, was not injured when the 1997 sedan slid in to the left side of his trailer.

However, Toyota driver Daniel G. Powell and passenger Camille M. Journey were taken by ambulance to Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue for treatment.

According to a Washington State Patrol report, Mejia was eastbound in the center lane on Interstate 90, 27 miles west of Cle Elum, and the Toyota was in the left lane as it came up behind the tractor trailer and started to pass.

Powell, 20, of Phoenix, Ariz., lost control of the car so it slid in to the trailer, then slid back to the left striking the center barrier, the report said.

Troopers said that Powell was driving too fast for the conditions at 7:56 a.m. on Snoqualmie Pass, which got snow and slush overnight.

Mejia, Powell and Journey, 21, of Poulsbo, all were wearing seat belts in the crash.

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