WSP: Fatality collision near College Place caused by driver in stolen truck

COLLEGE PLACE, Wash. — State troopers and first responders are at the scene of a double fatality crash on WA-125 near College Place on Tuesday afternoon that was caused by a driver who swerved into the wrong lane.

According to Trooper Chris Thorson of the Washington State Patrol (WSP), authorities are at the scene of the accident, which occurred near milepost three of S.R. 125 which links Walla Walla County and Pendleton, OR.

Trooper Bryant says that the driver responsible for the crash was operating a work truck that he stole just before this tragic accident. Bryant says this driver was heading in the wrong lane and crashed into an unsuspecting victim, causing each of them to pass away at the scene of the accident.

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No further details regarding their identities have been publicly shared as WSP officials work to contact their next of kin.

A photo shared by Trooper Thorson shows that the entire front half of the truck is completely smashed with tires hanging off and the vehicle’s roof partially detached.

Northbound lanes of S.R. 125 are completely blocked as crews work to clear the roadway, according to WSDOT’s real-time travel map. They haven’t specified an estimated time of re-opening and detours have been established through local roads.

This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued if further details are publicly revealed.

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