December 21, 2008 in City

Latest storm a challenge

By The Spokesman-Review
J. Bart Rayniak photo

Ryan Collins of Spokane seeks refuge from the bitter cold wind and snow, huddling behind a sign he’s holding announcing two business liquidation sales this morning. “Although down on his luck and living in a men’s shelter, “I’d rather be doing this than asking for money,” he said. “It’s cold. I wear 3 pairs of socks.”
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The Washington State patrol reported 105 collisions and cars sliding off roads in seven counties. There were 75 crashes and slide-offs reported to Spokane County and city of Spokane dispatchers between midnight and 7 p.m. Sunday. The numbers continued to rise Sunday night into today as the snow started piling up again.

Among them was an afternoon hit-and-run accident on Interstate 90 that left someone hurt and clogged the highway.

Terrance Cochran, 38, of Spokane Valley, was driving on the freeway about 2:30 p.m. when his car was hit by a green or tan SUV or pickup, according to WSP. When Cochran got out of his car, it was hit by another vehicle, which pushed his car into him. WSP said he was transported to Deaconess Medical Center, but by Sunday night he was not listed as a patient.

There were a dozen collisions and 25 slide-offs in Coeur d’Alene during today’s storm as snow accumulations piled atop last week’s record.

The Washington State Department of Transportation closed State Route 27 because of high winds and drifting snow, and it remains closed today. Officials are recommending drivers stay off that highway.

A winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service has been extended until noon today.

Snow may fall everyday this and perhaps every day this week.

Garbage pickup will resume today in the city, according to a news release. People are asked to put garbage containers in accessible areas.

Spokane Transit Authority buses are still running limited routes, several will be left without service. These include the 31 Garland, 43 Lincoln/37th, 46 Altamont and 95 Millwood. Riders are encouraged to read the alerts on the STA Web site – – this morning.

Plows will clear Browne’s Addition streets on Tuesday and Wednesday. Residents of the neighborhood must move their cars from the narrow streets or risk having vehicles towed.

And the snow berms in downtown Spokane will be removed this week. Cars left in metered parking spots will be ticketed beginning this morning.

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