UPDATE: Icy roads, sidewalks delaying schools Monday

Tri-City Herald staff writerMarch 2, 2014 

Icy roads meant accidents Sunday in the Tri-Cities and Monday morning school delays.

Kennewick, Pasco, Prosser and Walla Walla schools are on two-hour delayed starts this morning.

Similar delays were announced for Kahlotus, Kiona-Benton City, Paterson, North Franklin and others.

Check www.tri-cityherald.com/school-delays-closures/ for a full list.

Temperatures are expected to start warming up today.

Pasco police reported four accidents by 7 p.m. Sunday. In Kennewick, three accidents were reported between 6 and 7 p.m. alone, though none were considered major.

Some Mid-Columbia accidents did result in injuries earlier Sunday.

A Kennewick man was injured in a one-car accident just after 2 p.m. on the blue bridge.

Virgil M. Bond, 61, lost control of the 2003 Saturn L200 he was driving southbound in the right lane, said the Washington State Patrol. He struck a barrier and the car came to rest blocking the left lane facing north.

Bond, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken by ambulance to Trios Health, the patrol said. He was treated and released.

Speeding was listed as the cause of the accident, the patrol said.

Two Bellevue men were injured in an accident just after 1 p.m. Sunday near Royal City.

Blake M. Bichsel, 20, of Issaquah, lost control of the 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer he was driving eastbound on Highway 26, the patrol said. The SUV went off the road to the right, rolled and came to rest on its side off of the road.

Bichsel was uninjured, but his two passengers, Keaton W. Johns and Sean E. Ratcliffe, both 18, of Bellevue, were taken to Othello Community Hospital, the patrol said.

All three people were wearing seat belts.

Bichsel was charged with driving too fast for the icy conditions, the patrol said.

-- Geoff Folsom: 509-582-1543; gfolsom@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @GeoffFolsom

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