Crime

Icy roads cause 11 crashes south of Kennewick

A woman was taken to the hospital after sliding off of Interstate 82 Friday morning.
A woman was taken to the hospital after sliding off of Interstate 82 Friday morning. Washington State Patrol

Police and firefighters responded to 11 wrecks in less than two hours along Interstate 82 and Highway 14 Friday morning.

Wet roads glazed over with a thin layer of ice starting near the Coffin Road exit of Interstate 82 around 6 a.m. sending cars and trucks spinning.

Troopers responded to nine of the wrecks on Interstate 82-Highway 395 and two on Highway 14.

Two people were hurt in the crashes, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Chris Thorson.

One of the worst of these happened at 6:37 a.m. when Steven J. Porter, 33, of Richland, slid off the interstate and rolled a Jeep Cherokee SUV, the Washington State Patrol said. He was taken to Trios Southridge Hospital.

The ice struck many by surprise after warmer weather in the Tri-Cities kept the wet roads from freezing.

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