Two Twisp men were injured Monday (July 1) when the pickup truck they were in left Highway 153 about nine miles north of Pateros and crashed, the Washington State Patrol reported.
Erik S. Patterson, 45, the driver, and passenger Douglas S. Schrum, 48, were in a Ford F350 truck that was pulling a utility trailer northbound at about noon when the trailer began to swerve, causing the truck to roll down an embankment, the State Patrol said.
Patterson and Schrum were both taken to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster. Both men were wearing seatbelts, the report said, and alcohol was not involved.
The State Patrol said the cause of the accident appeared to be an overweight load and that charges may be pending.
EARLIER ON THE WEB:
Summer burn ban in effect on DNR lands
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has imposed a statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands effective Monday (July 1), through Sept. 30. The burn ban applies to all forest lands in Washington under DNR fire protection, which does not include federally owned lands.
Already this year, the DNR has had 57 wildfire starts from escaped outdoor burn piles, which have burned approximately 202 acres, the agency said in a press release.
The ban will apply to all outdoor burning with the following exceptions:
• Recreational fires in approved fire pits within designated state, county, municipal or other campgrounds.
• DNR-approved prescribed fires.
The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbeques will continue to be allowed under the ban.