A 33-year-old Sunnyside man died after the semi truck he was driving rolled over on State Route 14 near Wishram. The Feb. 29 accident occurred at approximately 6 a.m. Units from the Klickitat County Sheriffs' Office, Wishram Fire Department, Klickitat Valley Hospital Ambulance, Goldendale Rescue, the state Department of Transportation and Washington State Patrol responded to the scene.
Investigation at the scene revealed that Aaron Berg was driving a 2000 International truck-tractor pulling a flat bed trailer loaded with steel girders westbound on SR 14. While attempting to negotiate a curve in the highway, the combination rolled over with the truck and trailer coming to rest on its top in the westbound lane of SR 14.
The driver became trapped in the cab of the truck until rescue and fire crews were able to free him.
The highway was closed for approximately 40 minutes.
Berg was taken by ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, Ore., where he died a short time later from the injuries he received in the accident.
The cause of the accident is under investigation by the State Patrol.
On Thursday, Feb. 28, a search warrant was executed on a residence in the 300 block of West Main Street, Goldendale.
The warrant was the result of a lengthy drug investigation by the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office. Numerous KCSO deputies assisted in the operation, with assistance from the Goldendale Police Department, the Yakima Valley LEAD Drug Task Force, and an officer from the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department.
Seven people were arrested at the residence on the following charges: Richard E. Thompson, 49, Goldendale, four counts of delivery of marijuana; Carl W. New, 72, Goldendale; Michael D. New, 46, Goldendale; Jerald T. Baldwin, 49, Goldendale; Lana M. Lepak, 48, Goldendale, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver; Fred L. Boyce, 37, Goldendale; Dennis R. McConnell, 46, Goldendale, possession of marijuana.
Marijuana and over 25 firearms were confiscated at the residence.
All seven subjects were booked into the Klickitat County Jail.