Portland man, 55, dies in car crash in Yakima County

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YAKIMA CO., Wash. — The Washington State Patrol reported that Robert Yates, 55, died Friday afternoon in Yakima County after a car crash on SR 97 near Toppenish.

The crash occurred at approximately 3:42 p.m. on Friday.

Washington State Patrol stated that Yates’ vehicle crossed into the Southbound lane and struck another vehicle.

According to WSP, 48-year-old Bret Wachter was injured in the crash and taken to Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.