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One Man is Dead After His Truck Plunges Into A Ravine

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SELAH, Wash-- One man is dead Thursday afternoon after his truck plunges over 300 feet into a ravine. It happened just north of the Selah Creek Bridge.

Lt. Jeff Jones, a Washington State Patrol trooper, said that the crash appears to be intentional. Judging by the tire marks in the gravel Jones said the man sped-up to go through the barbed wire fence. The driver then slowed down a little, but then sped-up again about 40 feet before reaching the edge of the cliff. 

Troopers said once the vehicle was airborne the truck did a complete flip, landing on all four tires. A semi-driver saw the vehicle in the ravine and called 911. The Yakima Training Center is assisting state patrol because the truck landed on Training Center property.

"It's not really indicative of somebody who fell off the road because they fell asleep," said Jones.

A helicopter and technical rescue crew from the Training Center will help in recovering the body. Once the man's body is found and brought out of the ravine he will be identified and his family will be notified.