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Man Dies in Car Accident Caused by Ice Storm

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YAKIMA, Wa -  An ice storm causes multiple accidents I-82 near Grandview, leaving one man dead.

State Patrol says the accident happened at around 3:30pm.  They say 26-year-old Juevincio Ruiz-Jiminez was driving in the west bound lane when he rolled his SUV near milepost 74.  He died at the scene.  His brother -- Carlos Ruiz-Jiminez -- suffered minor injuries.

State Patrol blames an ice storm and high speeds for the one car accident.  They say the storm blew through a five miles stretch near Grandview late this afternoon causing ten accidents in about ten minutes.

"We see it every year.  Usually, a couple times a year.  Any time the weather conditions are just wrong, " Sgt. Tom Foster of the Washington State Patrol, "This is the kind of thing that happens.  The roads get slick and people have trouble maintaining control.   It isn't until all the other people seeing the collisions start to slow down."

The fatal car accident took about two and a half hours to clean up. Traffic is back to normal, but road conditions in the area are wet. State Patrol says to be careful with temperatures dropping below freezing.