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Valley Fire crews busy with accidents

Sat., June 8, 2013

Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to three car accidents involving pedestrians or bicyclists May 30 through Tuesday.

On May 31, crews were called to an accident in the 4000 block of South Woodruff Road for a report of an 11-year-old with head injuries after he was hit by a car. Both the injured boy and the involved driver were gone when paramedics arrived, said Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Clifford.

A 52-year-old man was hit by a car at Sprague Avenue and Park Road on Monday. He received minor injuries, Clifford said. A driver pulled over in the 2400 block of South Dishman-Mica Road at 5:46 a.m. Tuesday because there were horses in the road. The car was in the bike lane and the driver was trying to get the horses out of the road when a bicyclist slammed into the back of the car, Clifford said. The cyclist had “obvious facial trauma” from hitting the car, he said.

Seventeen other accidents were reported, including a car hitting a house in the 200 block of South Chronicle Road at the end of a police chase, Clifford said. The driver and passenger were both taken to the hospital.

Residents near Progress Elementary called the department at 7:56 p.m. Sunday when a portable toilet was destroyed. “Somebody saw kids over by it,” Clifford said. “They would light fireworks and throw them in there and they’d explode. Eventually the Honey Bucket caught on fire.”

Firefighters received a hazardous materials call from the Harvest Foods at 14515 E. Trent Ave. just before 10 p.m. on May 31. “They’ve got a big propane tank out front that they use to fill propane bottles,” Clifford said. “It was leaking at one of the hoses.”

Crews responded to 207 calls during the time period.

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