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Three killed in head-on crash

Fatal incident occured west of Washtucna

WASHTUCNA – Three people were killed and a fourth injured in a head-on crash at about 1:26 p.m. Friday, June 30, on state Highway 26.

Mark R. Nieman, 53, and Natasha J. Nieman, 24, both of Des Moines; and Diane L. Coughlin, 68, of Cle Elum, were pronounced dead at the scene near Milepost 65, about 19 miles west of Washtucna, the Washington State Patrol reported.

James E. Coughlin, 65, of Cle Elum, was injured and transported to a Ritzville hospital for crash-related injuries, the patrol said.

It is unknown if any of the crash victims was wearing a seatbelt, the patrol said. Troopers also are n...


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