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In a startling incident on I-90 near Cle Elum on Saturday evening, a Washington State Patrol Trooper sustained minor injuries following a collision with a semi-trailer. The snowy conditions on the interstate played a critical role in the accident.

The semi-trailer, operated by 30-year-old Alejandro Gonzalez from Yakima, was heading westbound when Gonzalez lost control. This occurred as he was approaching an existing accident scene that was blocking a lane of traffic. His semi-trailer ended up colliding with the state patrol vehicle, which was stationed behind the initial crash site.

Trooper Christine White, 46, from Ellensburg, was in the patrol vehicle at the time of the incident. Despite suffering minor injuries, she did not require hospitalization, a testament to the relative safety of the situation despite the dramatic collision.

Gonzalez faced immediate legal consequences for his role in the crash. He was cited for 2nd Degree Negligent Driving and failure to use chains – a crucial safety requirement in snowy and icy conditions. These citations highlight the importance of adhering to traffic laws, especially during adverse weather conditions.

It’s important to note that neither alcohol nor drugs were factors in this crash, which occurred at 6:22 pm on Saturday. The primary cause of the accident was attributed to driving too fast for the prevailing conditions. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of not adjusting driving speeds to match weather and road situations.

The collision on I-90 is a clear example of how quickly situations can escalate on the road, especially in poor weather. It underscores the need for drivers to exercise caution, use appropriate safety equipment like chains in snowy conditions, and adhere to speed limits and other traffic laws. The incident also highlights the risks faced by state troopers and other first responders who work in hazardous conditions to ensure public safety.

Fortunately, in this case, the injuries were minor, and there were no fatalities. However, it serves as a cautionary tale for all drivers about the potential consequences of negligent driving, particularly in challenging weather conditions.

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