WSP: Semi driver who caused crash on Vantage Bridge was speeding

The semi-truck driver who caused a crash on I-90 along the Vantage Bridge Thursday has been charged with speeding, according to the Washington State Patrol.

WSP troopers said Vladimir Kholyusev, 73, was going too fast when he rolled the semi.

Kholyusev had minor injuries, but refused treatment at the scene. He had to be extricated through the windshield because he was trapped in the cab of his rig.

UPDATE: The wrecked truck/tracker have been removed. Crews are working to remove apples both eastbound and westbound before reopening. No exact estimate, but possibly a couple more hours before reopening. @wspd6pio

— WSDOT East (@WSDOT_East) October 25, 2019

#Breaking: SEMI ROLLOVER COLLISION I-90 (MP 137) ON THE GRANT COUNTY SIDE OF THE VANTAGE BRIDGE. WB LANES FULLY BLOCKED AND THE LEFT EB LANE BLOCKED. WSP/GRANT CO DEPUTIES AT SCENE. MORE INFO AS I GET IT. USE ALT ROUTES.

— Trooper John Bryant (@wspd6pio) October 24, 2019

The semi was hauling apples when it flipped around 3:30 p.m. The collision sent the tailer’s contents all over the roadway in both directions and forced road closures for nearly eight hours. The road was reopened around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

The crash also caused 50 gallons of fuel to spill onto the road.