Two Yakima-area dump truck drivers were killed Wednesday in a fiery head-on collision near Mattawa.
Grant County sheriff’s investigators said Bruce Patnode, 53, of Yakima, was heading north on Road O-SW in a dump truck hauling gravel about 9:30 a.m., said sheriff’s officials.
He crossed the centerline about four miles south of Mattawa and crashed into a southbound dump truck towing a dump trailer driven by Dale Peters, 45, of Selah.
Both men were thrown from their trucks and died.
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The trucks burst into flames and had to be extinguished by Grant County Fire District 8, said officials.