BURBANK, WA - Two cars that troopers say were likely going at least 60 miles per hour, the posted speed limit, crashed head on just east of Burbank on Wednesday evening.
The force of the crash was so great that one of the car's engines flew out of the vehicle and across the road. Washington State Patrol said that one of the cars appears to have been attempting to pass a group of slow-moving vehicles in a no passing zone on State Route 124.
"It doesn't matter what direction you're traveling from, you just have to be cognizant of other drivers. It's tough going up a hill and around a bend and stuff like that. You just have to be aware of traffic that's coming at you," said Trooper Aaron Trombley.
Troopers say two people were sent to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland with unknown injuries. One person had to be extricated from the car by Walla Walla firefighters. Troopers say both people were alert and able to talk when they were transported from the scene.
Washington State Patrol says charges are still pending. Troopers say drugs or alcohol did not play a factor in the crash.