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Two injured in Othello-area crash

OTHELLO – Two people were transported to area hospitals Thursday afternoon, June 8, following a crash on state Highway 26.

Perejitei E. Bekewe, 26, hometown unknown, was transported to Richland Hospital. Anthony J. Williamson, 52, hometown not reported, was taken to an Othello hospital.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the crash occurred at about 12:20 p.m.

Bekewe was northbound on Johnson Road approaching Highway 26; Wiliamson was westbound on the highway, the patrol reported.

Beweke’s 2022 Ram 1500 struck Williamson’s 2023 Mack Truck in the intersection, the patrol reported. The impact knocked the truck onto its side about 50 feet off the highway.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, the patrol reported.

The patrol has yet to determine if drugs or alcohol was a factor.

Charges are pending against Beweke; the cause of the crash was reported as failure to yield the right-of-way, the patrol said.

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