Sunday’s I-82 wreck, fire still under investigation

Two people were hurt in a wreck that backed up traffic and scorched the median 14 miles southeast of Kennewick on Sunday.

The collision happened when Lourdes Lopez, 43, of Kennewick, was heading west in a white Ford pickup, crossed into the median and into oncoming eastbound Interstate 82 traffic. She hit a semi-truck and trailer head-on about 5 p.m., said the Washington State Patrol.

Witnesses said the semi was engulfed in flames and the pickup had heavy front-end damage. Traffic was backed up near the Oregon, Washington border but began flowing again by 6:15 p.m.

The semi driver, Clifford A. Dunbar, 50, Dixie, was injured and taken to Trios Southridge Hospital. Lopez’s passenger, Armando Perez, 57, of Kennewick, was hurt but refused treatment, said the WSP.

The WSP said the cause of the wreck is under investigation.