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Dozens of crashes reported

Slick road conditions contributed to dozens of crashes around Spokane on Tuesday afternoon, including one involving a Washington State Patrol car.

WSP Trooper Travis S. Robbins was tending to a crash on the right shoulder of eastbound Interstate 90 near milepost 272 when a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Spokane resident Justin M. Pollard, 23, struck a 1995 Volvo driven by Per Johan Flygare, 43, of Cheney, which struck the patrol car. No major injuries were reported.

The crash, which occurred about 2:15 p.m., was one of about 20 on I-90 from Ritzville to the Idaho border, according to the WSP.

Another crash, on state Route 2 near milepost 332 in Newport, sent 79-year-old Irene H. Ellis to the Newport Community Hospital. Ellis was westbound on the highway when she crossed the centerline and slammed into a 1998 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Brian T. Taylor, 31, of Oldtown, about 1:45 p.m. A 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by Marla J. Miller, 65, of Priest River, then hit the Pontiac. It was the only major injury accident reported in the Spokane area Tuesdday.