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Work Zone Accident On SR 823 Claims Pedestrian’s Life

A woman from Tri-Cities lost her life in a pedestrian accident, the Washington State Patrol (WSP) told reporters. The accident happened in a work zone, or a section of the road that was closed for construction work.  

According to the reports, a 51-year-old woman from Pasco was walking on the northbound lanes of State Route 823 at the Yakima River Bridge in the early morning hours of Saturday when a 21-year-old driver from Toppenish driving a Volkswagen Passat entered the closed northbound lane. After hitting a parked 2013 Peterbilt 365, she then ran the 51-year-old over. The driver eventually crashed into a 2000 Ford Ranger as well.

While the driver was not injured, two passengers were sent to the hospital. The pedestrian died as a result of the accident. 

Officials said the driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash. 

Respect Work Zone Signs, Avoid A Similar Pedestrian Accident

In 2019, officials registered 762 fatal accidents in work zones nationwide with at least 136 of these crashes involving pedestrians. 

In order to prevent similar accidents, drivers should always follow important safety steps such as slowing down near work zones. 

Follow the signage and abide by the provided speed limit and road restrictions. Also, pay attention to workers who might be redirecting the traffic. Oftentimes, roads are closed due to heavy construction and machinery and vehicles must be redirected so they do not mistakenly drive onto a closed road. Never use your phone while driving and stay calm if work zone redirections cause delays. 

Remember, those taking part in road construction are working hard to improve our roads and help us get to our destinations faster and safer. Always think of their safety. 

For more on this accident, follow this link, and for more tips on how to stay safe while driving near work zones, click here.  

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