B.G. man cited in three-truck crash

By Patty Hastings and Paul Suarez

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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 south on Highway 97 when he overtook a Department of Natural Resources fire truck he said had turned in front of him "too quickly."

Sofranko moved left to evade and hit the fire truck in the left rear, then hit a Peterbilt tractor 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 DNR fire truck, driven by Jose R. Terrazas, 23, of Woodland, hit the southbound guardrail and came to a rest.

No injuries were reported.

Patty Hastings: 360-735-4513; twitter.com/col_cops; patty.hastings@columbian.com.