Captain Rob Huss
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: March 10, 2015
Contact: Trooper Darren Wright
Phone: (509) 679-6228
Twitter: @wspd6pio

State Patrol Detectives Seek Witnesses

The Washington State Patrol is investigating the March 5, 2015 fatality collision that occurred on US 97 near Orondo. The collision took place at approximately 8:15 a.m. and involved a box truck, passenger car and a loaded school bus. The driver of the car was fatally injured and numerous others to include the car passenger, truck occupants, school bus driver and students were injured.

Detectives from the local District 6 State Patrol office and the agency's Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) will be conducting the investigation. The MAIT is a specialty unit in the State Patrol that responds to collisions statewide from their office in Monroe. The detectives from both units are collision reconstructionists that investigate crash events using the human, vehicle, environment (HVE) model to determine causal factors.

As part of the investigation, detectives are seeking witnesses that may have seen any events leading up to or the actual crash. If you have any information or know someone who does, please contact Detective Dan Richmond at (509) 682-8142 or Sergeant Kurt Adkinson (509) 765-6175.