TRI-CITIES, Wash. - Law enforcement officers said seat belts probably helped prevent serious injury or death in both rollover accidents Monday night.
A Richland Police said a Richland man was taken to Kadlec Medical center after he rolled his car.
Richland police said he fell asleep at the wheel after working a 13-hour shift. It happened just after 7 o'clock Monday night on Stevens Drive near the Battelle intersection.
Officers said 58-year-old Michael Devine was conscious as he was taken to the hospital. Police think he was wearing his seat belt during the time of the accident.
Then just an hour and a half later Washington State Troopers respond to another rollover accident. It happened on 1-82 Eastbound in Benton County.
Troopers said the female driver lost control of the car while she was spanking a two-year-old who was in the back seat.
Troopers said luckily everyone was strapped into seat belts when that car rolled.