Black Ice Blamed for Several AM Crashes - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Black Ice Blamed For Several AM Crashes

SPOKANE, Wash - Deceptively slick conditions from falling temperatures on wet roadways led to numerous crashes Thursday morning.

One of the big problem areas was just west of Spokane. Just before 6:00 a.m. two cars rolled on Highway 2 near SpokoFuel (pictured), just east of Fairchild AFB. One person was transported to the hospital. Three others refused treatment That happened just minutes after a rollover with injuries at Highway 2 and Spotted Road. 

There was also a slide-off on the access road approaching Spokane International Airport. According to WSP, the driver was going west toward the airport when the vehicle slid off to the left and went down a 100 foot embankment before coming to rest along the eastbound lanes. KHQ's Blake Jensen reports the driver suffered minor injuries.  

The morning commute also saw a head-on crash on eastbound I-90 near the Four Lakes exit in the Medical Lake area. KHQ's Matt Rogers reported that it didn't appear there were any serious injuries.

Another problem area was north of Spokane. WSP reported at least one rollover and several slide-offs on Highway 395 & Hatch Rd in the Colbert area; a crash on westbound I-90 near the Fishtrap exit; & rollover on Highway 2 & Elk-Chattaroy.

In Grant County, Adams Road south is closed between Frenchman Hills Road and Road 11 SW because of compact snow and ice. According to Kyle Foreman, Public Information Officer for Grant Co. Emergency Management, several trucks tried to make it up a hill but got stuck and slid off the road. Foreman said he expected the road to be closed until at least 10 a.m.    

Black ice is also likely to blame for minor crashes on the Monroe Street Bridge; Palouse Highway and Valleyford and Highway 395 near Colbert.

Snowy weather in many areas overnight also led to a few school delays and closings.   

We have news and weather updates throughout the day on NewsBreaks with Dave Cotton streaming live on KHQ.com at 10 a.m., Noon and 2 p.m., as well as updates on KHQ.  

 

 

 

 

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