Charges pending in wrong-way crash

— Five people are recovering from injuries today following a two-vehicle, wrong-way crash.

Luis A. Torres, 24, of Yakima, was driving eastbound in the westbound lane of Interstate 82 when his 2008 Ford Escape crashed into a westbound 2014 Freightliner truck trailer at Milepost 71, the Washington State Patrol said. The impact sent the Escape into a guardrail.

The crash is under investigation and charges are pending, troopers said.

It happened at 2:40 a.m. and it is unknown whether alcohol or drugs were factors, troopers said. The crash is under investigation

Torres and his five passengers, all of Yakima, were injured and taken to Sunnyside Community Hospital, troopers said. They included Graciela Torres, 27, and three children; a 4-year-old girl, a 3-year-old boy and a 1-year-old boy.

None of them wore seat belts, the patrol said.

The driver of the truck trailer, Steven M. Light, 27, of Yakima, wore a seat and was not injured, the patrol said.


Comments are subject to moderator review and may not appear immediately on the site.

Please read our commenting policy before posting.

Any comment violating the site's commenting guidelines will be removed and the user could be banned from the site.

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment