Crash lands load of apples in the river

State Patrol: Outlook man injured and faces charges

— An Outlook man faces charges after a crash spilled a load of apples into the Columbia River yesterday.

Richard L. Hearron, 44, was charged with speeding too fast for conditions when he crashed a truck and trailer on state Highway 243 at Milepost 18.5, the Washington State Patrol said.

Hearron, who was injured, was driving a southbound Freightliner at 2:14 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a left hand curve, troopers said.

The truck and trailer combination left the roadway to the right and rolled down an embankment, the patrol said.

The trailer and an attached container filled with apples came to rest in the Columbia River, troopers said. The apple container separated and floated down the river.

It was later secured by officials with the Grant County Public Utility District, troopers said. Reports last night said the crash debris should be cleared out of the river by today.

Hearron was taken to Quincy Valley Hospital for treatment, the State Patrol said.

Troopers said the cause of the crash was speeding too fast for conditions.

The 2000 Freightliner was damaged, but was not a total loss, the patrol said.

Drugs nor alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash, troopers said.

It was the second injury crash in Central Washington in less than two months involving a truck trailer.

Two Quincy residents, Alec S. Guerrero, 14, and Adam C. Guerrero, 12, died, and three other people were injured Dec. 18 when the driver of a 2002 Honda Odyssey lost control and entered the eastbound lane of state Highway 28, troopers said.

It was struck by a 2009 Kenworth truck trailer, troopers said. The driver, Alekandr G. Lukyanov, 35, of Edgwood, was not injured.


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