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Fatal Richland Accident

RICHLAND, Wash. - The family and friends of 80-year-old Robert Heineman are mourning after he was killed in a car accident. 

Heineman died Friday night after his Oldsmobile collided with a pick-up truck at the intersection of Williams and Thayer in Richland at two o'clock Friday afternoon.

Mike Wingfield has been a friend of the family for the past 30 years.  He said, "Everyone is in shock and surprised."

Police said Heineman was traveling west in his Oldsmobile when he collided with a pick up truck going north.  He was taken to Kadlec hospital but later died.

Wingfield said, "This was very unexpected.  He was in good health."

Family friends said Heineman worked up at the Hanford site for years.  Wingfield said, "Even though he was super intelligent, he was able to talk to anyone."

Richland Police were at the scene Saturday afternoon talking to neighbors and tried to piece together what happened.

Richland Corporal Bryce Henry said, "What we're trying to do is a total investigation.  The weather, the road conditions, weight of vehicles, speed, we are looking at every thing."

Police said alcohol was not a factor in the accident and said this investigation will continue.

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