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Crop duster crash closes State Route 26

WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash. - State Route 26 has been reopened after a crop duster crash Saturday at milepost 129, near the Whitman County Fairgrounds. The pilot was not injured, but live power lines fell and leaking fuel created a hazardous situation.

The pilot was previously assigned to fly in Afghanistan and credits his experience for helping him avoid a worse crash. The owner of the aircraft said the strong Palouse Winds played a role in the crash.

Multiple agencies responded to the incident including Troopers, Whitman County Deputies, and Fire and Aid personnel. Avista Utilities, FAA, DOE, DOT, and DEM were also advised.