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Surviving Couple Praises Seatbelts

Idaho State Police say seat belts could have saved the lives of a father and son who were killed Tuesday in a head-on crash along Highway 95 near Cocolalla. That crash took the lives of 67-year-old Norm Flom and his 35-year-old son Jason. “I broke my left femur that’s all for now, I fractured my right foot,” Denise Viney said from her hospital bed Wednesday. Denise and her husband Tom were driving north to Bonners Ferry when the ISP says that Norm Flom’s truck crossed the centerline/KXLY. More here.

Question: How often do you wear your seatbelts?

US 95 Crash Claims Father, Son

Trooper Thomas Keyes, with the Idaho State Police, makes notes regarding vehicle information Tuesday following a head-on collision near mile post 453 of US 95 where two Coeur d’Alene, Idaho men died and two other motorists were injured. An investigation coninues. Story here. (AP Photo/Coeur d’Alene Press, Shawn Gust)

DFO: Jerome Pollos & Shawn Gust of the Coeur d’Alene Press deserve a monster hat tip for the terrific job they’ve done this week photographing spot news and other North Idaho scenes.

2 CDA Men Die, 2 Hurt In US 95 Crash

Norman Flom, 67, and Jason Flom 35, both of Coeur d’Alene, were killed this morning when Flom’s Toyota pickup crossed the center line and crashed head on into a Chevy Silverado, driven by a Bonners Ferry man. Robert Winey, 51, of Bonners Ferry, and Patricia Winey, 46, of Post Falls were injured in the accident that occurred at 10:14 at mile post 453 (2 miles north of the Kootenai/Bonner county line at the bottom of Granite Hill). You can read the ISP report here.

Head-On Crash Kills BonnerCo Worker

A Bonner County employee (John Hanson, 61, of Colburn) was killed Friday morning in a head-on collision that also forced one woman (Jennifer Gibson, 26, of Priest River) to be airlifted to a Spokane hospital in serious condition. Idaho State Police received a call of a vehicle on fire at 7:50 a.m. on Highway 2 approximately five miles west of Sandpoint at milepost 23. The worker was driving a Bonner County Roads Department truck, which was carrying diesel fuel. The road was closed for more than 3 hours/KREM2. More here. ISP reporter (pdf) here.

HBO’s AM Headlines — 12/18/08

Andrew Gumprecht was killed when his sedan collided head-on with a semi truck late Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008 after Gumprecht headed westbound on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 at the Sherman Avenue exit in Coeur d’Alene. SR Story here. (AP Photo/Coeur d’Alene Press, Jerome A. Pollos)

*Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR

*Region paralyzed by snow/Mike Prager, SR

*CDA lawyer arrested on drug charges/Meghann M. Cuniff, SR

Update: I90 Crash Kills Bar Trendsetter

A veteran Spokane bartender who was one of the trendsetters in the nightlife of the Inland Northwest was killed Tuesday night when the vehicle he was driving was involved in a head-on collision on Interstate 90 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho State Police reported today/Mike Prager, SR. More here

PF Man Killed In i-90 Crash

Andrew Gumprecht, 32, of Post Falls was killed Tuesday night in a head-on collision with a semi truck on Interstate 90 @ M/P 14 (15th Street exit/Coeur d’Alene). The crash occurred at 11:14 p.m. Tony Love, 42, of Swan Lake, Mont., was the driver of the truck. Love wasn’t injured. You can see the initial ISP report in the box below.

KREM2 story here

Breaking! Fatal I90-CDA Crash

The police scanner is reporting a head-on collision between a semi and a wrong-way driver on I90 at the Sherman Avenue exit that has closed a stretch of the freeway and the 15th Street ramp. Apparently, a driver drove the wrong way on the Sherman Avenue ramp and struck the semi head-on. At least 100 gallons of fuel have spilled. The coroner and funeral director have been called. Sounds as though the semi driver survived. I caught the last of the scanner traffic. So I don’t know more details. The ISP will have full details in the morning.