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Following fatal crash, north Idaho residents say slow down

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RATHDRUM, Idaho -

One man is dead and another is in the hospital after slick conditions on I-90 near Wallace which caused both of them to lose control of their trucks. The Shoshone County Sheriff says that 80-year-old Philip Bendtsen slid off the road, hit a guardrail then set off a chain reaction of events with another vehicle. Bendtsen did not survive the accident.

Officers have been reporting multiple crashes and slide-offs on the freeway all over North Idaho in the past few days. They're asking people to slow down. With more snow on the way, that can cause havoc on the roads.

Several people in Rathdrum that KHQ talked with say it's not the main roads that are concerning, it's the side roads as more and more snow continues to pile up. With more snow on the way, they say it could be a bigger mess than it already is.

"The side roads could definitely use some loving. It's just a big old mess. Sometimes you are just driving down the road and you'll just start sliding on one side so you really kind of got to drive slow," said Rathdrum resident Logan Moffett.

The city of Rathdrum says they'll primarily plow the arterial streets first for safe travel or as long as the snow continues to fall. Then they'll do neighborhood routes, streets like Crenshaw, Coeur d'Alene and Stevens. With several crashes reported in the region, Moffett is hoping people will take it slower in neighborhoods. "Most people tend to drive slow but some people like to show off their car skills and they will zoom down the road and it's definitely something you want to keep your eye out open for," said Moffett.

The Department of Transportation says that eight plows are currently out in the Coeur d' Alene and Rathdrum area.

It's not just North Idaho that is experiencing trouble on the road. Washington is seeing treacherous conditions too. Washington State Patrol Trooper Brian Moore tweeted out, "Tragic day in North Central Washington. Since midnight, local troopers have responded to 42 collisions. 1 involved fatalities. Drivers must slowdown for conditions."

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