Four people were injured in two three-car accidents that began with a woman driving the wrong way on Interstate 90 west of Spokane on Thursday evening.
When traffic backed up behind the first accident, three more cars slammed into each other.
Tammy L. Stebbins, 28, of Cheney, was booked into the Spokane County Jail and charged with vehicular assault.
Stebbins was driving west in an eastbound lane of I-90 in a 1980 Toyota pickup, the Washington State Patrol reported. A pickup headed east, driven by Gwendon Wade, 20, of Veradale, swerved to avoid Stebbins’ pickup, but hit it.
Stebbins’ pickup then hit an eastbound Chevrolet Blazer driven by Joseph Mirich, 46, of Spokane.
A passenger in Stebbins’ pickup, Paul Shook, 45, of Cheney, suffered an injured knee and cuts on his face. Shook was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center where he was treated and released, the WSP said.
It is unclear whether Stebbins, Shook or Wade wore seat belts, but Mirich was wearing one. Two cars were totaled and three people were injured in the second accident.
A 1977 Honda Civic driven by Ryan Murphy, 25, of Spokane, rearended a 1986 Nissan pickup driven by Terrence L. Harrison, 37, of Spokane.
Harrison’s vehicle, in turn, rear ended a 1984 Volvo driven by Thomas J. Chasse, 40, of Spokane. All three had been headed east on I-90, the WSP said.
Murphy was taken to Deaconess Medical Center with compound facial fractures and cuts. His Honda was totaled.
Harrison suffered neck and back injuries and was taken to Deaconess where he was treated and released. His pickup was also totaled.
Chasse suffered a knee injury but was not taken to the hospital. His Volvo sustained $800 worth of damage but was driven from the scene.
None of the drivers in the second accident was wearing a seat belt.
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