Pasco man drives into canal, two injured in crash

Tri-City HeraldMarch 19, 2014 

— Two people were injured Wednesday when a pickup truck collided with another vehicle and ended up in an irrigation canal north of Pasco.

Franklin S Tiegs, 56, was driving a Chevy pickup on Phend Road when he failed to yield and hit another pickup driving on Highway 395, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Tiegs, who owns Baker Produce in Pasco, then drove through a fence and traveled 200 yards into the canal, state patrol said. He was not wearing a seat belt and was taken to Kadlec Region Medical Center in Richland.

The crash happened around 9:20 a.m. near milepost 29.

The driver of other pickup, Debra M. Klug, 58, of Eltopia, was taken to Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco, state patrol said.

Tiegs, a well known Pasco farmer, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with multiple injuries, said Tim Tippett, who works for Tiegs at Baker Produce.

“He’s in good hands at Harborview,” Tippett told the Herald. “His family is with him.”

A Ford Flex was driving down the road after the collision and struck debris, state patrol said. The driver was not injured. Troopers said Tiegs was cited for failing to yield.

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