A stereotypical gloomy day in the Northwest could have contributed to a Thursday morning wreck that totaled a black C6 Corvette Coupe.
Troopers told yaktrinews.com that by 1:30 that day, they had already investigated six crashes, mostly due to wet, rainy conditions.
In the case of the Corvette, Gene Bumgarner, 66, apparently lost control of the vehicle as he headed east on Highway 240 in Richland, Washington about 7:45 a.m.
His overcorrection caused the Corvette to leave the road and wind up in a ditch, with the car suffering what appeared to be major damage to the front end in particular. The hood and front fenders appear to have twisted, and the airbags were both deployed.
Bumgarner suffered chest injuries and was treated at Kadlec Regional Medical Center.
He has been charged with negligent driving by troopers, who said he was driving too fast for road conditions.
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