Head-On Collision In Airway Heights - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

WSP: 19-Year-Old Drunk Driver Causes Head-On Collision In Airway Heights

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Two men recovered in the hospital Monday evening after they were involved in head-on collision on Highway 2 in Airway Heights.

According to State Troopers, 39-year-old Christopher Martens of Spokane had just pulled out of the Longhorn Barbeque restaurant off of Highway 2 and Spotted Road around 11:30am. He drove to the middle lane of Highway 2, in his 1998 Toyota Pickup, heading eastbound. Troopers said Martens was trying to merge into traffic going about five to 10 miles an hour.

At the same time, 19-year-old Corey Brugnone of Davenport was driving westbound on Highway 2 in his 2000 Toyota Corolla. Troopers said Brugnone was under the influence or alcohol or drugs and swerved into the middle lane, hitting Marten's truck head on.

The crash was so bad, Brugnone's car spun completely around. Both men were wearing seat belts but Spokane Fire Crews had to extract both drivers from their vehicles before sending them to Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Martens was put on a stretcher with minor injuries however Brugnone suffered several cuts to his face and jagged wounds in his lower body, according to State Patrol. Witnesses said Brugnone's knees were stuck underneath the dash board of his car.

One witness, Daniel Gross, said he was driving behind Martens and saw the crash unfold.

"I thought to myself 'Where did that other car come from? Because I didn't see it," Gross said. "All I saw was that he flipped that car - the car that was going eastbound - he must have been going at a pretty good speed."

There were no passengers in either car.

Troopers said they are still investigating the exact cause of the crash.

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