Three Car I-82 Crash Kills Two, Injuries Another Near Benton City
A three-vehicle crash just outside Benton City ended two lives Sunday morning and left one other person injured.
Washington State Patrol said the incident began about 5:20 a.m. on Interstate 82 at milepost 95, about a mile west of Benton City.
Mariah Loera, a 20 year-old woman from Pasco was traveling eastbound when her car left the roadway on the left-hand side.
Officials say she then over corrected, causing the vehicle to roll over, partially ejecting her passenger, 22 year old Flora Leal, then landing on it's top blocking the right-hand lane.
A second vehicle then struck the first vehicle, coming to a stop on the road's right shoulder.
As the driver of the first car crawled out to talk the second driver, a third vehicle hit the first car before striking Loera and the rear of the second vehicle.
Loera was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her passenger was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, she was pronounced dead there.
A passenger in the third vehicle was injured and treated at Kadlec.
Troopers have not determined if any drugs or alcohol were involved in this incident.
Everyone was wearing seat belts.
The investigation continues.