Driver sustains minor injuries after colliding with truck in Kittitas Co.
Posted on Saturday, January 16th, 2021 at 10:45 pm
ELLENSBURG, WA (KITTITAS COUNTY) – A driver suffered minor injuries after colliding with the back of a semi-truck south of Ellensburg on Thursday morning, according to the Twitter account for the Washington State Patrol District 6.
#Breaking – Roadway fully blocked on WB I-82 (heading north) at MP18 (20 miles south of Ellensburg) is closed due to a car vs. semi truck minor injury collision. Passenger car on fire but was extinguished by fire crews. I-82 closed at MP 26. Use SR 821 as alternate.
— Trooper John Bryant (@wspd6pio) January 14, 2021
The accident happened about 20 miles south of Ellensburg on I-82, near mile marker 18, at about 6:30 a.m., when the driver of a Jeep Cherokee fell asleep at the wheel, according to 560 KPQ.
The driver, 26-year-old Yakima man Moises Navarro Nunes, sustained minor injuries as a result of the accident.
Nunes received a citation for negligent driving.
Authorities advised drivers to pull over and take a break if they are growing tired while behind the wheel, and compared drowsy driving to drunk driving.
This is one in a series of reports provided by Caffee Accident & Injury Lawyers as a service to inform our Seattle neighbors about traffic news and accidents in the area. Many of these accidents are preventable, and we hope that by reporting on such events, we will reduce the frequency of similar incidents. However, if you or someone you know has been injured in a similar situation, contact the Seattle truck accident injury attorneys of Jeffrey R. Caffee today for a consultation. You may be able to receive compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses.