'Her car was instantly incinerated'

'Her car was instantly incinerated' »Play Video
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KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. -- It was a freak accident stemming from a cooler flying off the back of a truck. KIMA is following up on the chain reaction crash that killed a baby boy and injured five others Sunday on I-82.

Pieces of a brake light, a piece of the cooler that dropped into the road and a handle of one of the cars is all that's left after an accident that killed a baby boy and injured five others. Orange markings and skid marks outline the crash.

"The whole back, including the back seat of her car was instantly incinerated," said eyewitness, Phil Colby.

Colby had a front row seat to the tragedy. He was driving southbound on I-82 when the cooler fell out of the pickup in the lane beside him.

"I just stayed straight and figured if I was going to hit it, I was going to hit it," said Colby. "The woman next to me locked up her brakes."

23-year-old Wesley Fletcher was driving that car with his wife Rebekah and 6-month-old baby in the back seat. The car behind them couldn't stop in time.

"It's unfortunate that someone had to lose their life for such a stupid deal about securing your load," said Colby.

KIMA learned not securing your load is against the law.

Drivers with unsecured loads used to get a $200 fine. But, after a Renton accident in 2004 critically injured a 24-year-old woman, driving with an unsecured load and injuring someone is now considered a gross misdemeanor. The penalty is a $5,000 fine and up to a year in jail if convicted.

State Troopers tell us this investigation is ongoing and the Kittitas County prosecutors office will decide whether to file charges.

For now, one baby is dead, his mom is still in the hospital and scattered memories remain along I-82.

There are devices out there to help you secure equipment in your car or truck. In fact, Phil Colby's brother invented a recommended device called Tarp-X.