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Truck rollover traps 2 for several hours

Mon., March 29, 2010, 11:58 a.m.

Two men were trapped for several hours after their pickup overturned this morning off Stevens Creek Road near the Palouse Highway.

Alcohol and driving too fast may have led Colter A. McKinnon, 20, to crash his 1990 GMC Sierra pickup while southbound sometime after midnight, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Emergency crews learned of the crash at 7:07 a.m., and McKinnon and his 27-year-old passenger were extricated about 40 minutes later.

The pickup had tipped on its side and struck a tree before it rolled 50 to 60 feet down a hill, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies said the truck was “nearly impossible” to see from the roadway.

McKinnon’s passenger suffered leg fractures and was airlifted to a downtown hospital. The helicopter stopped traffic on the Palouse Highway for several minutes.

Investigators found beer cans at the scene but charges are unlikely “because so much time had elapsed since the crash,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.

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