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Crashes snarl Tri-City highways

A delivery truck slammed into the rear end of a cattle truck, pinning a man inside Friday morning.
A delivery truck slammed into the rear end of a cattle truck, pinning a man inside Friday morning. Washington State Patrol

One person was hurt and traffic ground to a halt for a time Friday morning after a pair of crashes.

Around 6 a.m., Juan Valdez-Herrera, 38, of Pasco, was driving a delivery truck heading west on Interstate 82 when didn’t slow in time for a cattle truck turning onto the interstate south of Kennewick near Coffin Road, Trooper Chris Thorson said.

The delivery truck slammed into the trailer loaded with cattle.

The crash left Valdez-Herrera with a broken leg and trapped him inside for several minutes. Firefighters were able to free him, and he was taken to Trios Southridge Hospital in Kennewick.

The cattle truck’s driver, Roberto T. Robledo, 52, of Kennewick, was not hurt.

While police were able to move the trucks out of the roadway by 7:30 a.m., troopers needed to call on firefighters to use their prying tool, known as the Jaws of Life, to separate the crushed vehicles.

It’s not clear if any cattle were injured.

The crash came about an hour after northbound traffic on the blue bridge on Highway 395 backed up for miles following a collision there.

Thorson said it started after a car broke down on the bridge, triggering a collision.

No one was hospitalized.

Cameron Probert: 509-582-1402; Twitter: @cameroncprobert
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