Interstate 82 crashes lead to mile-long backup

Woman taken to Sunnyside hospital

A state trooper inspects the damage to a car involved in one of two crashes on I-82.

Photo by Roger Harnack
A state trooper inspects the damage to a car involved in one of two crashes on I-82.

— A woman was hurt near here yesterday morning when two cars collided on eastbound Interstate 82.

Both drivers were wearing proper safety restraints, and drugs or alcohol did not play a role.

The crash, near Milepost 71 at the Tear Road overpass, backed up eastbound traffic for about a mile.

According to Washington State Patrol trooper D. Munoz, the injured woman is Angelica Oliveros Cortes, 20, of Granger.

She was taken by ambulance to Astria Sunnyside Hospital.

The collision occurred at around 10:56 a.m.

Oliveros was driving a red 2014 Nissan Sentra.

In front of her, also eastbound, was a silver 2012 Ford F-250 pickup driven by Brian J. Gaston, 30, of Colfax.

According to Munoz, Gaston slowed for blockage of the inside lane from a previous crash.

Oliveros’s car struck Gaston’s pickup from behind, Munoz said.

The Nissan was removed by 24 Hour Towing. The pickup was driven from the scene. The cause of the crash was inattention, Munoz said, and Oliveros was cited for “speed too fast for conditions.”

Details of the first crash were not immediately available from the patrol.


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