Drivers hurt in two-truck collision north of Pasco

Tri-City HeraldMarch 19, 2014 

Two drivers were hurt Wednesday when two pickups collided north of Pasco and one ended up in an irrigation canal.

Franklin S. Tiegs, 56, of Pasco, was headed west on Phend Road in a Chevy pickup when he failed to yield at Highway 395 to a northbound pickup, said the Washington State Patrol.

Tiegs, who owns Baker Produce in the Tri-Cities, then careened through a fence, traveling 200 yards into the canal, the state patrol said. The crash happened about 9:20 a.m.

Tiegs, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.

The longtime Pasco farmer was later transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with several injuries, said Tim Tippett, who works for Tiegs at Baker Produce.

Troopers said he was cited for failing to yield.

The other driver, Debra M. Klug, 58, of Eltopia, was taken to Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco where she was treated and later released, state patrol said.

A third vehicle struck some debris in the roadway but the driver was not hurt.

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