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Highway mishap claims life of Mabton man

A Mabton man is dead after a one-vehicle tractor-trailer accident occurred along State Route 243 Thursday afternoon.

Alfredo B. Torrecillas, 37, was driving a 1996 Freightliner tractor-trailer southbound on State Route 243 at approximately 3:14 p.m., when according to a report from the Washington State Patrol the semi-truck veered off the left side of the road and rolled into the Columbia River. Torrecillas was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the driver of the tractor-trailer was wearing a seatbelt.

State Route 243 was closed for several hours Thursday evening for removal of the semi-truck. The road was reopened at 8 p.m.

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