by Alex Rozier, KHQ Local News Reporter - bio | email
SPOKANE, Wash. - The first heavy snowfall of the winter arrived in Spokane County overnight as people around the area woke up to white stuff on the ground Friday morning. Trooper Troy Briggs with the Washington State Patrol said there were seven accidents when he first got on his shift.
Trooper Briggs recommends when it gets cold like this obviously slow down, but increase your following distance and steer gently. He talked about how the speed limit in place reflects the appropriate speed when conditions are ideal, but Friday's conditions are far from that right now. Briggs said a few weeks back when the temperatures dropped briefly they saw a number of accidents on bridges. Briggs said from now until the end of winter drivers need to use extra caution on bridges.
"People need to recognize where they're traveling through this area that there are a lot of bridges and they get slick fast," Briggs said. "They just need to make sure that they're aware of that when they're going across those."
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:25 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:25:07 GMT
UPDATE: A male driver has serious injuries, the other driver, who's a female, has life threatening injuries.>>
UPDATE: A male driver has serious injuries, the other driver, who's a female, has life threatening injuries. Authorities tell our Katie Steiner that the female was driving in the wrong-direction in the southbound lanes on Hwy. 195 when she collided with a male driver. GET THE IDENTITIES OF THOSE INVOLVED INSIDE>>> >>
Deputies and firefighters responded to a car crash in Spokane Valley Monday afternoon near the intersection of 4th and Blake. Deputies say the SUV was heading south on Blake when it was struck by another car, causing it to flip onto its top in a nearby yard. One person was able to get out of the SUV, but the driver had to be pulled out through the rear lift gate. Injuries appear to be minor. >>