The driver of a farm implement designed to squeeze hay is being blamed for a chain-reaction crash Friday evening on Highway 395 in Kennewick.
Tom D. Gladden, 46, of Benton City, was driving too fast for conditions and failed to notice vehicles in front of him had slowed for traffic, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Gladden was northbound at 5:39 p.m. when he struck the back of a 1999 Chrysler Sebring, state police said. The Sebring then hit a 2004 Dodge Ram truck, which was pushed into a 2013 Nissan Rogue.
Meanwhile, the farm implement drove into a concrete barrier on the highway, state police said.
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The Nissan driver, Christine A. Bernal, 63, of Kennewick, was the only person injured, state police said. She was taken to Trios Health in Kennewick to be treated.
Troopers recommended a charge of second-degree negligent driving for Gladden.