Two die in Highway 153 collision

Highway 153 is closed at milepost 8.6, just north of Burma Road due to a fatal vehicle collision.

METHOW — A bee that had gotten into the cab of a box truck likely led to the cause of a two-vehicle collision that killed two drivers July 6.

“Based on the passenger in the box truck…a bee had gotten into the cab of the box truck and the driver attempted to swat at it, when he abruptly swerved in to the oncoming traffic,” Washington State Patrol Trooper Camron Iverson said Monday night.

The two drivers were killed when a box truck and a semi-tractor trailer collided on Highway 153 near milepost 8.8, According to the patrol.

25-year-old Kenneth W. Fennix, Zillah, the driver of an International box truck, and 60-year-old Steve G. Osburn, of Clarkston, the driver of a Kenworth semi-tractor trailer, were killed in the 11:20 a.m. crash, the patrol said.

A passenger in Osburn’s vehicle, 34-year-old Richard A. Hayland, of Yakima, was injured and transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster, according to the patrol.

The patrol did not comment on the extent of Hayland’s injuries.

According to the patrol, Fennix was driving northbound on Highway 175 at milepost 8.86 - about 9 miles north of Pateros - when his truck veered across the centerline into the southbound lane where the two vehicles collided.

The patrol said all were wearing their seatbelt, and the cause of the accident remains under investigation.

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