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Drivers doing OK, officers say

TUESDAY, DEC. 15, 2009, 7:55 A.M.

Few bad wrecks in icy morning commute

Motorists this morning appeared to be negotiating the moderate snow accumulations and slippery conditions without a large number of accidents.

Slideoffs and stuck vehicles were reported, but only six damaging collisions were reported to law enforcement in Spokane County between 4 and 7:45 a.m., but additional collisions were occurring as the morning commute continued.

A dispatcher in Kootenai County said no accidents were reported there.

Traffic on Interstate 90 had slowed to 35 to 40 mph through Spokane.

Up to 4 inches of snow was reported across the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas.

Some vehicles were getting stuck in plowed snow berms where residential streets connect with arterials.

“Drivers are doing well this morning,” said Officer Teresa Fuller of the Spokane Police Department.

Mountain passes on I-90 in Washington and Idaho were open with snow and ice on the roadways.

For the latest updates on highway conditions, dial 511 by phone in both states.



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