UPDATE: 395 Closed After Pursuit Ends In Fatal Crash - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: 395 Closed After Pursuit Ends In Fatal Crash

Official Press Release:

Shortly before noon today, Spokane County 911 dispatch center received several calls from concerned citizens about an erratically driven vehicle in the area of Deer Park.  The vehicle was reportedly southbound on Highway 395. 

Deputies observed the vehicle, a red Ford Taurus, south of Deer Park still traveling southbound on 395.  The first deputy attempted to stop the driver, who failed to stop, fleeing south bound on the highway.  Spike strips were deployed near Hatch Rd. by the Washington State Patrol. The spike strips flattened the right front tire of the vehicle.  The driver continued southbound accelerating away from the pursuing officers at a high rate of speed.  Approximately one mile south of where the spike strips were deployed, the driver crossed into the oncoming lane and crashed into the north bound semi-truck hauling logs. 

The driver of the Taurus was pronounced dead on the scene.  The driver of the semi was uninjured.  In accordance with the critical incident protocol, Washington State Patrol, Spokane County Sheriff's Office, and Spokane Police Department will be working together to complete the investigation into today's events. 

Previous Coverage:

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Washington State Patrol has confirmed that there is at least one fatality in a crash that has closed Highway 395 near the Wandermere Bridge. Spokane County Sheriff's deputies were chasing a car down 395 when the crash happened. KHQ crews are on their way to the wreck.

According to WSP, Spokane County Deputies were in pursuit of a red Ford Taurus. The Taurus was driving erratically. Spike strips were set out on the road in an attempted to stop the car.  Near the Wandermere Bridge, the Taurus crossed the center line and hit a semi, head on.

395 is fully blocked and the estimated time for its reopening in unknown.

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