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One dead in two truck crash near airport

SPOKANE, Wash. - One person has been killed in a two truck crash near Spokane International Airport.

The collision happened on Monday around 9 a.m., near the intersection of Geiger Blvd. and Thomas Mallen Road, which is about 2 miles south of the Spokane International Airport.

According to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, a delivery truck was heading westbound on Geiger Blvd., when a dump truck failed to yield while turning left. The dump truck struck the driver's side of the produce delivery truck, killing the driver.

"The dump truck struck the driver's compartment of the delivery vehicle. Very sad to say we have one confirmed fatality out of this collision," Spokane Sheriff Deputy Craig Chamberlin said.

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Witnesses say the driver of the dump truck was with Eller Construction and was bringing in a load of dirt for a pipe laying project just west of the airport. For whatever reason, the dump truck driver didn't see the produce truck. The driver of the produce truck had the right of way.

It appears the dump truck was cutting the corner. Investigators say they'll ticket the eller employee for failing to yield and they're trying to figure out if he was talking on the phone or texting.

"Preliminary investigation would lead you to suspect his attention may have been diverted a little bit and [a] sad ending to a Monday morning for these folks," Chamberlin said.

Because this was a fatal collision the dump truck driver voluntarily provided a blood sample to investigators though neither drugs nor alcohol appear to have played a factor in the collision, the sheriff's office reports.

The identity of the produce truck driver has not been released.