The winter blast that iced up Mid-Columbia roads has moved on, but motorists still need to go slow while icy conditions linger, according to the Washington State Patrol.
"It is fair and OK today," said Lt. Roger Wilbur of the WSP Kennewick office Wednesday. "But we are asking drivers to be considerate and increase following distances."
Kennewick, Richland, Pasco and West Richland police reported no serious accidents Wednesday. But the storm that began Sunday night left 240 vehicle accidents in its wake in the Tri-Cities, Wilbur said.
The most serious involved a state patrol car. Linda Braaten, 65, remained in critical condition, and Michael Braaten, 69, both of Rathdrum, Idaho, was in satisfactory condition Wednesday at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland after the patrol car they were sitting in was hit Tuesday by a truck just north of Pasco.
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Wilbur said drivers need to slow down, even if means arriving a little bit late for dinner. Cold turkey is better than no turkey, he said.