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Five-car crash delays traffic near Airway Heights

A five car crash blocked Highway 2 six miles west of Airway Heights for several hours this morning after a driver caused a chain reaction by rear-ending a car stopped in a construction zone.

All the vehicles were heading east on the highway just after 9 a.m. According to the Washington State Patrol, a 2014 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup driven by Bryant C. Blake, 46, ran into the back of a stopped 2009 Toyota Camry driven by Ivan M. Babak, 72, of Soap Lake.

The force of the collision drove the Camry into the back of a 1991 GMC driven by Robert L. Zeoli, 63, of Lincoln. Zeoli was pushed into a 2004 GMC Envoy driven by Catherine E. Anderson, 53, of Davenport, who hit a 2007 Nissan Versa driven by Kagney L. Barger, 29, of Spokane.

Anderson and Barger were not injured. The other three drivers were taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

The crash is under investigation and no decision on possible criminal charges has been made, the WSP said in a press release.


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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.