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In brief: Many offices closed for holiday

The following offices and services will be affected by the Memorial Day holiday today.

• City, county, state and federal offices are closed.

• Post offices are closed.

• State liquor stores are closed in Idaho, but most are open in Washington.

• Most banks are closed.

• Area public schools and colleges are closed.

• Public libraries are closed. Also, the Spokane Public Library East Side, Hillyard and Indian Trail branches will be closed Tuesday.

• Garbage and recycling pickup will be one day late for the week.

• Parking meters don’t have to be plugged today.

Two killed, 21 hurt in I-90 bus crash

CLE ELUM, Wash. – A bus carrying soccer fans forced one car off the road and then slammed into a disabled pickup truck and its driver on the shoulder of Interstate 90 in central Washington, killing two people and injuring 21 others, authorities said.

Spokane resident Jeffrey R. Irmer, 24, was standing outside the truck when the bus slammed into it. He suffered a broken leg and was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where a nursing supervisor said he was in satisfactory condition Sunday.

The bus careened onto its side after hitting the truck about 6 p.m. Saturday, said Washington State Patrol Lt. Scott Martin. The crash occurred near the town of Cle Elum, about 80 miles east of Seattle.

Two people on the bus were killed: Ciro R. Astudillo, 51, and Virginia Ocamposoriano, 45, both of Pasco.

The bus was returning to Eastern Washington following an exhibition soccer match between Mexico and Ecuador in Seattle.

As the driver, identified as Elmer Schuman, 67, changed from the right lane into the left lane, the bus forced a Hyundai Elantra off the road into the median, where it overturned and came to a stop, authorities said. A woman and a toddler in the Elantra suffered minor injuries.

Officials expect to lift flood warnings

The flood warnings for several Eastern Washington and North Idaho rivers should be lifted today, but rivers are expected to stay near flood stage due to expected rain and above normal snowpack, according to the National Weather Service.

The warnings include the Pend Oreille River below Albeni Falls, Spokane River in Spokane, Okanogan River near Tonasket and St. Joe River at St. Maries, according to the National Weather Service.

Showers remain in the forecast through Thursday.

Flood stage for the Spokane River is 27 feet, weather officials said. The river was at 27.1 on Sunday, but expected to drop to between 26.5 and 27 today. When the river is high, stretches of the Centennial Trail between Mission Avenue and Greene Street are covered with water. Flooding also occurs along the river’s edge of Peaceful Valley Park and at properties on the west end of Water Street.


 

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