Yakima woman dies in Omak crash

The patrol said the crash’s cause is under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact the patrol at 509-422-3800.

OMAK - A Yakima woman was killed Aug. 17 when her car collided with a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Highway 97 and Engh Road.

Helen L. Abel was southbound and making a left turn onto Engh Road at 1:15 p.m. The truck, pulling a dump trailer and driven by Gary A. Bailey, 57, Okanogan, was northbound, the Washington State Patrol said.

Abel was taken first to Mid-Valley Hospital and later flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, where she died.

Bailey was not injured.

The impact sent the truck partially off the northbound lane. Abel’s car came to rest against the front of the truck and off the road near the fence surrounding the McDonald’s restaurant.

Traffic was slowed for a time, and northbound traffic was routed around the scene, said Omak Fire Chief Kevin Bowling.

The Omak Fire Department, LifeLine Ambulance, the Washington State Patrol and the Omak Police Department responded.

The patrol said the crash’s cause is under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact the patrol at 509-422-3800.

No drugs or alcohol were involved.

Abel’s car was destroyed. The truck was damaged.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

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