New information on Yakima man killed in dump truck collision

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Lindy Patnode said, "This is just surreal it's hard to digest."

Lindy's cousin was one of the drivers involved in a Wednesday crash involving two dump trucks.

Lindy says Bruce Patnode leaves behind a wife and many family members in Yakima. She says the 53-year-old was a bright, vivacious person who loved life.

"It's like we're going to find out he's just kidding, you know, like he would, but..." said Lindy. "I don't know. It's hard."

Deputies believe Bruce crossed the center line driving a dump truck full of gravel. He hit a second truck head-on, killing 45-year-old Dale Peters of Selah.

"It's hard to say; it's unbelievable that this was something he would have caused," said Lindy. "Maybe, I don't know, if something was going on medically. I don't know."

Both trucks caught fire. Deputies say both men were thrown from their trucks.

The accident is still under investigation. It will take weeks to tell if drugs or alcohol was involved.

"I thought he would be around forever," said Lindy.

Lindy says Bruce loved his job and was involved with the Yakima community. He and his family helped out with the Humane Society. She says the sudden loss has been tough on everyone.

"Bruce, we miss you and love you, already," she said. "I mean, he's only been gone for a day, and it's going to be hard."

Both men worked for Scout Lake Construction in Selah. The company declined to comment on the accident.