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UPDATE: One Person Dead After Car Erupts In Flames Near Wapato

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UPDATE - Yakima County Coroner says Toaga Liulamaga, 32, from Toppenish was the passenger who died at the scene in a car crash near Wapato on March 7th.

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PREVIOUS/YAKIMA, WA- An early Saturday morning single car crash has killed a passenger near Lateral A and Evans Road, two miles west of Wapato.

At 1:40 a.m. the driver, 41-year-old Leandro Huereca, lost control of his car, landed in a canal, and then it caught on fire. Huereca was taken to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, it's unknown if he was wearing his seatbelt.

The passenger has not been identified but died at the scene. Right now, the cause of the crash is under investigation and it's unknown if drugs or alcohol played a factor.
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