UPDATE: One hurt in wreck that closed Highway 12 near Wallula Junction

Tri-City HeraldJuly 19, 2013 

— A four-vehicle wreck on Highway 12 near the Wallula Junction tied up traffic Friday morning and set a man to the hospital.

Chris J. Chase, 56, of Tenino, was treated and later released from Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla.

He was in a 1994 Toyota pickup, stopped for a flagger in road construction, the Washington State Patrol reported. Aaron M. Deibele, 21, of Deer Park, who was driving a tractor-trailer loaded with hay in the same direction, didn’t see Chase’s pickup and struck it, the patrol said.

The pickup rolled and came to rest on the opposite shoulder. Deibele’s vehicle also struck another tractor-trailer, pushing it into a van, the state patrol reported. No one else was hurt.

The state patrol said drugs or alcohol weren’t factors in the wreck.


U.S. Highway 12 near the Wallula Junction is back open after a collision that stopped traffic in both directions.

The collision scene -- which was blocking the road two miles east of the Junction -- is now clear, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

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