2nd time this week: Semi truck hauling apples crashes into Columbia River

EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. -- For the second time this week, crews were working how to clean up a semi truck with a full load of apples that crashed into the Columbia River.

The most recent incident happened Thursday afternoon where the semi went off U.S. 2 about 10 miles north of East Wenatchee and fell into the river. The driver managed to get out OK, but the semi truck came submerged. Photos from the scene showed thousands of apples floating away down the river.

Troopers said the apples were floating their way down toward Rocky Reach Dam. There were no reports of any other injuries. Roads in the area have had recent snows and freezing rain,but troopers didn't give any cause of the accident.

A similar story played out on Monday, when a semi carrying apples slid of SR-243 just north of Mattawa and also plunged into the Columbia River. In this case, the semi's trailer managed to hold together and was floating toward Priest Rapids Dam, but has since become stuck on a sand bar in the middle of the river:

The driver of that truck was seriously injured and taken to a local hospital.

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