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Snowstorm Sends Drivers Skidding, Closes Part Of I-90

Sun., Jan. 8, 1995

A snowstorm passed through Eastern Washington on Saturday, injuring several drivers with at least one in critical condition.

The most snow was reported between 2 and 3 p.m. when visibility dropped to less than a mile and was down to zero along parts of Interstate 90 west of Coeur d’Alene.

The fate of drivers involved in two of the most serious accidents was still unknown late Saturday. Two vehicles collided on Market between Hawthorne and Magnesium Roads with one person in critical condition at Holy Family Hospital. Traffic was being detoured.

The Washington State Patrol was also working on a serious accident on westbound I-90 one mile west of Pines Road. Three lanes of traffic were blocked from 8 until after 11 p.m.

Divine’s Towing in Spokane reported 44 calls for service by 5 p.m., with three concerning cars sliding off the roadway, a worker there said.

The Washington State Patrol said one car slid through a red light at State Highway 2 and Farwell, hitting another vehicle and sending three people to Holy Family Hospital with minor injuries.

On Highway 195 near Colfax, four vehicles collided and four people were treated at Whitman Community Hospital after a 35-year-old man lost control of his 1990 Chevy pickup and slid into oncoming traffic.

Along the interstate, several vehicles collided east of downtown Spokane at the Altamont and ThorFreya exit - the site of a 86-car pileup last winter.

By evening, when the flakes had tapered off, seven-tenths of an inch of snowfall was recorded at the airport.

The storm brought the first new

snow in 10 days to Schweitzer Mountain Resort. A half-inch of powder had coated their runs by Saturday evening. Resort staff expected more to fall during the night.

“It’s coming down pretty good. Everybody’s excited,” said Bull Mullane, spokesman for the resort. “They’re getting their fat skis out again.”

The National Weather Service expects periods of both snow and sun throughout the weekend.

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