Arrow-right Camera
News >  Spokane

Wrong-way crash injures two

A Spokane County sheriff’s deputy and a Washington State Patrol trooper investigate a head-on collision Tuesday morning on U.S. Highway 195. Jennifer A. Schmidt, 30, of Spokane Valley, was driving her 1997 Nissan Altima, foreground, northbound in a southbound lane of traffic when she truck 32-year-old Sean D. Moss in his 2009 Hyundai Sonata. Both were transported by helicopter to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. (Dan Pelle)
A Spokane County sheriff’s deputy and a Washington State Patrol trooper investigate a head-on collision Tuesday morning on U.S. Highway 195. Jennifer A. Schmidt, 30, of Spokane Valley, was driving her 1997 Nissan Altima, foreground, northbound in a southbound lane of traffic when she truck 32-year-old Sean D. Moss in his 2009 Hyundai Sonata. Both were transported by helicopter to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. (Dan Pelle)

Woman driving north on southbound U.S. 195 in critical condition

A wrong-way driver caused a head-on collision Tuesday morning on U.S. Highway 195 that put two people in the hospital and diverted traffic for hours.

One person was in each car, and both were flown to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center by emergency helicopters that landed on the highway.

Jennifer A. Schmidt, 30, of Spokane Valley, was headed north in the southbound lanes when her 1997 Nissan Altima struck 32-year-old Sean D. Moss’ 2009 Hyundai Sonata, a release from the Washington State Patrol said.

Schmidt was in critical condition and Moss, who suffered a broken leg, was listed in satisfactory condition Tuesday night, according to Sacred Heart.

Trooper Matt Weberling said dispatchers received several 911 calls about a car traveling north in the southbound lanes of U.S. 195. Trooper Jeff Sevigney said Schmidt is estimated to have traveled several miles going the wrong direction before the crash.

Drivers in the northbound lanes tried to warn the traffic heading south, but the wrong-way car struck the oncoming Hyundai.

The crash left Schmidt’s crumpled car with the rear end pinned on top of the median cable barrier. Moss’ car ended up in the right southbound lane. Wreckage was scattered across the highway.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, troopers said. An investigation is underway.

At least 20 emergency vehicles responded to the scene near Cheney-Spokane Road.

Traffic was diverted through a shopping area. The road was closed for several hours.


 

Top stories in Spokane

Then and Now: Comstock Park

James M. Comstock, born in 1838 in Wisconsin, arrived in Spokane in time to witness the great fire of 1889 and start Spokane Dry Goods with Robert Paterson. It became the Crescent, Spokane’s premier department store for a century. He also worked in real estate and owned other businesses. He served a term as Spokane mayor, starting in 1899. James Comstock died in 1918.