Five people were injured in a four-car wreck that closed Highway 12 near the Pasco-Kahlotus highway for more than four hours Wednesday evening.
The wreck happened at 5:15 p.m. and the road wasn’t reopened until 9:45 p.m., said the state Department of Transportation.
The Washington State Patrol said Alexis Muniz, 20, of Pasco, was headed east on Highway 12 when he drifted off the road, across the median and into the westbound lanes, where his 1998 Honda Accord was hit by several other vehicles.
Muniz was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, where he was treated and later released.
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His passenger, Travis A. Shandy, 30, of Burbank, was hurt but not hospitalized.
The driver of the second car, Christopher A. Keeling, 42, of Pasco, was not injured but another driver Seth Lochridge, 25, of Kennewick, was taken to Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco. His condition was not immediately available.
A fourth driver, Timothy H. Wentworth, 50, of Lebanon, Conn., was not injured but his passengers Rene Tidd-Wentworth, 54, and Judith H. Brooks, 71, of Pasco, were checked for minor injuries.
The cause of the collision is still under investigation.