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UPDATE: Blue Bridge Crash Caused by Defective Brakes on Cement Truck

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UPDATE: KENNEWICK, WA - The Washington State Patrol says an accident on US 395 on the Blue Bridge was caused by defective equipment on a cement truck.

Troopers say traffic had slowed down for car that had broken down in the southbound lanes around 9 a.m. Thursday.

The driver of the cement truck was not able to stop in time and crashed into the back of a van, which pushed the van into a minivan then into another car.

Troopers say the brakes on the cement truck were defective. 

Three drivers and a passenger were injured and taken to area hospitals. 

The driver of the cement truck was not injured.

UPDATE / TRI-CITIES: The Department of Transportation says all lanes of the Blue Bridge are now clear following Thursday morning's multi-vehicle accident.

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UPDATE / TRI-CITIES, WA - NBC Right Now reporter Zac Summers is on the scene of the accident on the Blue Bridge. He says he can see about 5 vehicles are involved, including a Pasco Fire Department emergency vehicle, a Tri-City Animal Control vehicle, and a cement truck. 

He says paramedics have taken at least one person away on a stretcher. 

Traffic is badly backed up in the area.

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 TRI-CITIES, WA - There's been an accident on the Blue Bridge involving several vehicles including a semi truck and a Pasco Fire Department truck. Drivers are advised to find other ways to get between Kennewick and Pasco. Southbound traffic is completely blocked.  Emergency crews are blocking at least one northbound lane.   No word on how long it will take to clear the accident.

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