Two men from Tri-Cities area die in auto accident

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The Washington State Patrol says two men, one from Burbank and the other from Richland, died Saturday afternoon following a collision east of Wishram.

Troopers say 51-year-old Khamphouk Phongsa of Richland was driving westbound on State Route 14 when his vehicle crossed the eastbound lanes and left the roadway to the south.

The vehicle travelled about 100 feet down a steep, rocky embankment, overturned and came to rest against a fence.

Both Phongsa and his passenger, 53-year-old Adali Mendoza of Burbank died at the scene.

The cause of the accident is under investigation and troopers say drugs or alcohol were not involved.