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55-year-old Portland man dies in accident on SR 97 near Toppenish

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Posted on November 6, 2020

YAKIMA, WA – A Portland man died in a car accident on State Route 97 near Toppenish after he drifted over the center line and hit another car head-on.

He has been identified as Robert Yates, 55.

According to YakTriNews, the accident happened around 3:42 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. Bret Wachter, 48, has been identified as the driver of the struck vehicle. He was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries.

Washington State Patrol continues to investigate the cause of this accident.