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By John McCallum
Managing Editor 

I-90 crash claims life of Albany, Ore. man


Last updated 12/28/2019 at 1:13pm

FOUR LAKES -- A single-vehicle collision on Interstate 90 claimed the life of an Albany, Ore. man early Friday morning, Dec. 27.

According to a Washington State Patrol press memo, at approximately 5:42 a.m. 57-year--old Mykola Tretyak was eastbound on I-90 in a 1999 Ford F250 pickup towing a utility trailer when he lost control of the vehicle and struck the guardrail in the median. The trailer detached from the pickup and also struck the guardrail, with the pickup striking the guardrail a second time, traveling through the barrier and eventually rolling down the median to finally come to rest on the shoulder of the westbound lanes. The trailer remained in the eastbound lanes.

Tretyak was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident occurred near milepost 268 about two miles west of the Four Lakes exit under slippery road conditions due to a recent snowfall.

State Patrol investigators listed the cause of the accident as speed.

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John McCallum, Managing Editor

John McCallum is an award-winning journalist who has been with the Cheney Free Press for over 20 years. He has received 10 Washington Newspaper Publisher Association awards for journalism and photography, including first place awards for Best Investigative, Best News and back-to-back awards in Best Breaking News categories. He has been serving as editor of the Spokane Valley News Herald since March 2020.

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