Colbert woman killed in snowy crash

MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2009, 2:44 P.M.

A 47-year-old Colbert woman was killed this morning in an icy crash on U.S. Highway 395 a short distance south of Wandermere, state trooper said.

Lori Michelle Bacon was driving a 1989 Oldsmobile southbound on the highway when her vehicle slid into the northbound lanes and was struck by another vehicle about 8:20 a.m. She was taken to Holy Family Hospital where she died.

State troopers said Bacon was wearing a seat belt.

Her vehicle collided with a pickup truck driven by Rubie J. Palmer, 23, of Spokane, who was injured but not taken to a hospital by ambulance. The extent of the injuries to Palmer were not specified. Palmer also was wearing a seat belt.

The accident occurred where Regina and Whitworth drives meet the highway, which is the extension of Division Street. The accident caused traffic to back up in both directions. Troopers said both vehicles were badly damaged and likely were total losses.

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