Battle Ground man cited after crash near Goldendale

By Paul Suarez, Columbian freelance

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A Battle Ground man was cited on suspicion of speeding Thursday afternoon after a crash involving a fire truck and two semi trucks in Klickitat County.

The crash happened around 12:20 p.m. on state Highway 97 near milepost 12 in Goldendale.

According to Washington State Patrol bulletin, Rory S. Sofranko, 44, of Battle Ground was driving a freightliner tractor-trailer south on Highway 97 when he overtook a Department of Natural Resources firetruck that turned in front of him. Sofranko moved left to evade and hit the firetruck in the left rear and then hit a Peterbuilt tractor-trailer driven by Tyrell C. Crummett, 30, of Vancouver in the northbound turn lane. Sofranko's truck then recrossed the south lanes and went through the guardrail.

The Department of Natural Resources firetruck, driven by Jose R. Terrazas, 23, of Woodland, hit the southbound guardrail and came to a rest.

No injuries were reported.