September 30, 2011 in City, News

Eastbound I90 cleared after two collisions

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Semi trucks were involved in a chain-reaction fender bender in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 Friday afternoon, near the exit to Highway 195, snarling traffic heading into Spokane.
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Two multi-car crashes Friday afternoon on Interstate 90 near Highway 195 caused a seven-mile backup in the eastbound lanes.

The first accident, around 2:35 p.m., involved two cars and a motorcycle, according to the Washington State Patrol. No one was injured.

Authorities say the second collision occurred when vehicles slowed for the first crash. A semi, driven by Edward D. Volk, 41, of Fargo, N.D., did not slow and hit a semi driven by Jeffrey S. Canfield, 31, of Athol. Canfield was pushed into a semi driven by Michael S. Novak, 60, of Nine Mile Falls, who was pushed forward into a Nissan Pathfinder driven by Brian S. Pryer, 55, of Hayden.

Novak was treated and released from a local hospital.

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