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Sunnyside truck driver perishes in canyon crash

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A GMC tractor-trailer lies submerged in the Yakima River following a two-vehicle crash early Wednesday morning. The driver of the semi, 41-year-old Martin G. Guerrero of Sunnyside, perished at the scene.

SELAH - A head-on collision early Wednesday morning on SR-821, known to many as the Ellensburg Canyon Highway, claimed the lives of two men. One of the deceased was a Sunnyside resident-41-year-old Martin G. Guerrero.

Wet and foggy conditions may have been to blame for the 6:20 a.m. fatal collision.

The crash sent Guerrero's tractor-trailer rig careening through the west side guardrail, down an embankment and into the Yakima River. Rescue workers toiled all day Wednesday to recover Guerrero's body from the submerged semi-truck. Because of heavy ice flows in the river, rising water levels and darkness, work crews for safety reasons elected to postpone the recovery of the semi-truck until this morning (Thursday). The semi was anchored with a cable across the highway to the Jersey rail.

SR-821 was closed to motor vehicle traffic over night.

The second victim in Wednesday's head-on crash was Christopher D. Palo, 37, of Ellensburg. WSP troopers said he was killed instantly.

At this time it is believed Palo, who was southbound in a 1985 Ford Ranger pick-up truck, crossed the center line and collided with the northbound tractor-trailer rig driven by Guerrero.

The Jan. 19 accident occurred at milepost 6.9, approximately 10 miles north of Selah.

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