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Wapato man killed in commercial vehicle crash

SHERMAN COUNTY, Oregon —  A Wapato man is dead after a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 97 near milepost 30. Oregon State Police troopers from The Dalles Area Command and emergency personnel responded to the two-vehicle crash early this morning, around 3:09 a.m.

A blue Volvo commercial motor vehicle pulling a box trailer, operated by Vernon Garren, 33, of Sacramento, CA, was traveling northbound on US 97, passing another commercial motor vehicle when he crashed head-on into a southbound red Peterbilt commercial motor vehicle pulling double tanker trailers, operated by Ronald Dwayne Whiz, 49, of Wapato, WA. Whiz was pronounced dead at the scene.

Garren and his passenger, Neelam Priya Lal, were transported via ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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