Man Crashes Truck Along I-82 in Yakima, Spills Gallons of Fuel
A scary scene for drivers traveling eastbound on Interstate 82 Wednesday morning through Yakima.
YAKIMA, WA - A scary scene for drivers traveling eastbound on Interstate 82 Wednesday morning through Yakima.
Troopers said 58-year-old John Woodell lost control of his semi truck near mile post 31 and slid across the bridge, and then partially rolled over the embankment.
The driver's wife, 62-year-old Penelope Woodell, was sleeping in the semi. She was airlifted to a Seattle hospital where she's now in serious condition.
Troopers said the crash also ruptured the truck's diesel fuel tanks.
"From talking to the driver, it looks like there's about 75 gallons of diesel that were in the tanks at the time of the collision," said Sgt. Greg Tri with the Washington State Patrol. "But the Department of Ecology is here to respond and take care of that."
The roadway was reduced to one lane for a couple hours during clean-up, but opened back up around noon.
Troopers said no drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash.
YAKIMA, WA. - There were no serious injuries in a crash along eastbound I-82 near the US 12 interchange in Yakima.
Around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, a large truck crashed and spilled several hundred gallons of fuel. The driver, John Woodell, was alright and paramedics took his wife Penelope to a local hospital with minor injuries.
As of 11 a.m. the Department of Ecology was still working to clean up the spill. Traffic is moving but crews have restricted it to one lane.