RICHLAND — Three people were killed in a five-car accident on westbound Interstate 82 on Sunday.
The Washington State Patrol received reports of a pickup driving the wrong way on I-82 near Dallas Road at about 8:30 p.m.
One car swerved and several other vehicles got "tangled up" in the accident, said state patrol Sgt. Jody Metz.
Marco A. Delamora, 26, of Pasco, was driving his 1997 Ford pickup the wrong way on the interstate when he collided with a 2004 Mazda. He was headed east in the westbound lanes, said the WSP.
The driver of the Mazda, Heather M. Davidson, 27, of Richland, was killed, along with her passenger Stephen L. Metzger, 30, of Kennewick. Delamora also died.
Davidson's son, Brennan, 3, was in a child seat in the back seat and was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. His condition was not immediately known today.
Candise R. King, 26, of Benton City, was not hurt. She was also driving west in a 2007 Chevy Cobalt.
Also, heading west were Nicolas B. Windsor, 20, of Benton City, in 2002 GMC pickup, with passenger Aaron L. Phillips, 25, of Richland. And Kelsey T. Edwardsen, 27, of Portland, also was driving west in a 2008 Honda CRV.
Those vehicles all hit Davidson's car but no one else was seriously hurt. All were wearing seat belts.
That pickup was upside down and became fully engulfed in fire, Metz said.
Firefighters from Benton Fire District No. 1 inspected the scorched pickup using flashlights Sunday night. Fog covered the roadway, limiting visibility.
Interstate 82 westbound was closed near milepost 108 at 8:45 p.m. Sunday, and drivers were directed to eastbound I-82 while the accident was under investigation. The state Department of Transportation anticipated the roadway would be open by midnight.
The National Weather Service issued a warning about dense fog in the Columbia Basin from Sunday evening to today at noon.
The West Richland Police Department and Benton County Sheriff's Office were among the local law enforcement agencies assisting with the accident scene.