Lynden farmhand killed in rear-end crash

Lynden farmhand killed in rear-end crash

Lynden farmhand killed in rear-end crash

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 6:16 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 10 at 10:32 AM

A Lynden man was killed early Tuesday when his truck was rear-ended.

Oracio Padilla, 23, died in the crash on SR 546 outside a dairy farm where Washington State Patrol troopers said he worked.

The crash happened just east of Nooksack Valley High School around 4:30 a.m.

According to troopers, Padilla's Chevrolet S-10 truck slowed to turn left into the farm. He was hit from behind by a Ford F-250 truck driven by Tanner Tjoelker, 19, of Blaine.

At the time, Tjoelker was also headed into work at a nearby farm, troopers said.

Neither weather nor alcohol and drugs were a factor in the crash,

Troopers have not made a decision regarding any charges as of yet.

The crash blocked both west and eastbound lanes of SR 546 until 8:00 a.m.

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