Two dead in fiery Grant County dump truck crash

Two men are dead after their dump trucks collided head on and burst into flames just after 9:30 a.m. today four miles east of Mattawa in Grant County.

The crash occurred near the intersection of Road O-Southwest and Road 27-Southwest, said Grant County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kyle Foreman. The impact was “severe” and both drivers were ejected and died at the scene, Foreman said.

Investigators said Yakima resident Bruce Patnode, 53, was driving a 2007 Peterbilt dump truck loaded with gravel north on Road O-Southwest. His truck crossed the centerline and hit a 2000 Kenworth dump truck towing a trailer driven by Dale Peters, 45, of Selah. Both trucks burned.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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