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Update: I-82 lanes closed 2 hours near Prosser after car flips

A crash Wednesday afternoon closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 82 near Prosser for two hours and left two people hurt.

The car was heading west when it crashed about 4 p.m. and rolled into the eastbound lanes, said the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

A woman was thrown from the car, and another woman was unconscious and had to be freed from the wreckage, according to initial reports.

Washington State Patrol and the Washington State Department of Transportation detoured traffic along Wine Country Road while they investigated what happened and cleared the road. It reopened about 6:20 p.m.

The state patrol said later Wednesday night that the driver’s name and age are unknown.

The woman was wearing a seat belt when her 2001 Ford Taurus rolled, the state patrol reported.

Passenger Jasmyn N. Williams, 27, of Mabton, reportedly was not wearing a seat belt.

The condition of the driver and passenger were not immediately available, though both were taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.

It is not clear if drugs or alcohol had a role in the crash, the state patrol said.

Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.
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