Driver Hit by Steel Plate, Killed in Crash on I-90 in Adams County, WA
Adams County, WA -- April 13, 2022, a driver was killed after a steel plate of unknown origin crashed through his windshield and hit him in Adams County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:15 p.m. on Interstate 90 east of Ritzville. Preliminary investigation suggests only that the victim was driving a Ford pickup west near mile marker 229 when a heavy steel plate, approximately 13 inches long, came from somewhere and crashed through his windshield. The plate hit the driver, causing him to lose control and veer off the roadway into the median. The pickup then vaulted off an overpass and crashed near Hills Road.
The pickup driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators are still looking for more information about this accident, including where the steel plate came from.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Steel Plate Accident on I-90 in Adams County
Clearly there are a lot of questions that still need answers here. I'm not coming down on investigators for not having those answers yet, as I'm sure it's hard to identify and track the source of that steel plate. Was it a machine part? A piece of a structure? Or could it just be scrap metal someone salvaged to sell?
Unless it has a stamped serial number or someone recognizes its shape and knows its function, it's going to be tough for police to get started tracing its origin. I hope they're doing everything they can to figure it out, since that'll probably be crucial in figuring out where the plate came from and hopefully holding someone responsible for losing it. If independent experts are needed to recognize the item, it may be best to get them involved as soon as possible. In the meantime, I hope everything possible is being done for the victim's loved ones in their time of terrible loss.