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Two dead following head-on accident Tuesday

GMC Yukon hit semi tractor head-on

A man and woman from Rathdrum died Tuesday afternoon following a head-on accident in Otis Orchards.

James Arthur Jemison, 76, and Donette Lee Jemison, 57, were declared dead at the scene after their GMC Yukon hit a Peterbilt semi head-on, a news release from the Washington State Patrol said.

James Jemison was driving east on Trent Road shortly before 4 p.m. when his 2005 Yukon drifted across the centerline at Starr Road, the WSP said. The Yukon hit a westbound 1993 Peterbilt tractor driven by Gregory Russell Malloy, 52, of Otis Orchards.

All parties were wearing seat belts. Malloy was not injured.

Drugs and alcohol were not a factor.

No charges are anticipated, the WSP said.

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