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Driver fell asleep at wheel, crashed into Tieton River

NACHES, Wash. - MONDAY UPDATE - US 12 is now back open. WSDOT reports the milk truck has been pulled out of the river and there was no spill associated with the crash; the truck's milk tanks were empty at the time and its diesel tanks were not damaged.


ORIGINAL STORY - Highway 12 will be closed for a few hours on Monday after a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into the Tieton River.

Washington State Patrol responded to the crash Sunday morning on US 12 milepost 176, about 13 miles west of Naches. Troopers found a semi-truck in the river. 

38-year-old Miguel Tlatenchin was injured but refused medical attention. Troopers say Tlatenchin was driving east when he fell asleep at the wheel. He left the road and crashed into the river.

The road will be closed on Monday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. WSDOT will be out during that time to get the truck out of the river. The road is currently open. 

There will also be manned closures at certain points going eastbound at White Pass Summit and westbound at Oak Creek Feeding Station. 

The driver has been charged with second-degree negligent driving. 

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