Fatal collision

MATTAWA – Two men died when a pair of dump trucks collided head-on and caught fire near Mattawa Wednesday morning.

Bruce Patnode, a 53-year-old Yakima man, was driving a 2007 Peterbilt dump truck filled with gravel. He was approaching Road 27 Southwest when he allegedly crossed the center line and caused a head-on collision.

He struck the 2000 Kenworth dump truck, pulling an empty dump trailer, driven by Dale Peters, a 45-year-old Selah man. 

According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office both drivers were ejected from the trucks and killed.