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Crash snarls traffic near highways' intersection

An early-morning crash forced highway traffic to be diverted for about an hour near Hanford on Wednesday.

Five people were taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland but released by the afternoon, hospital officials said.

The wreck occurred at 6:15 a.m. at the intersection of highways 240 and 225, said the Washington State Patrol.

Richard Austin, 52, of Benton City, was driving his 2002 Chevy S10 pickup north on Highway 225 when he attempted to turn left onto Highway 240, the state patrol said.

Austin failed to yield to a 1992 Dodge Dakota that was headed east on Highway 240 and the trucks collided in the intersection, the state patrol said.

The other driver, David Bartrand, 54, of Beverly, was not injured, but his family, Margaret, 50, Jona, 14, and Beck, 12, were taken to Kadlec.

Austin also was treated at the hospital.

Prosser man unhurt as semi jackknifes on pass

A Prosser man escaped injury Wednesday morning when he lost control of his semi-truck on Snoqualmie Pass causing his truck to jackknife.

The 7 a.m. crash blocked the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 for about four hours.

Ronald Beck, 59, was westbound on I-90 in a 1992 Kenworth semi when another driver pulled away from the left shoulder about three miles east of Easton, said the Washington State Patrol.

John Koch, 59, of Cle Elum, had the emergency lights activated on his 2001 Chevrolet Impala, troopers said.

Beck lost control of his semi and hit Koch's car, causing it to spin into the median.

Koch was treated for neck and back injuries at Kittitas Valley Community Hospital.

Troopers said the crash was caused by Beck driving too fast for conditions.

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