KENNEWICK, Wash. — A Thursday afternoon collision on the Cable Bridge occurred when a man in his mid-50s suffered a medical emergency while on the road, leading to his death.
According to WSP Trooper Chris Thorson and a follow-up press memo issued by the State Patrol, the accident occurred around 3:39 p.m. on October 20, 2022. The driver, a 52-year-old man from Kennewick, was heading southbound on State Route 397 across the Cable Bridge.
That’s when the driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed, limiting the Cable Bridge to just one lane while emergency responders arrived and rendered aid. WSP Trooper Clasen had reason to believe the accident was caused by a health issue suffered while driving as the man was not believed to be intoxicated and wore his seatbelt when he crashed into the barrier.
The man was rushed to Kadlec Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. Although the family has been notified, KAPP-KVEW has opted to withhold his name out of sensitivity to those impacted.
His 2014 Ford F150 pickup truck was totaled in the accident and towed off the roadway. However, the wreckage did impact commutes for some people driving from Pasco to Kennewick on Thursday afternoon/early evening.
No one else was reported as injured as a result of this collision or the subsequent investigation.
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