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Monday, October 14, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Alcohol a suspected factor in Second Avenue crash

Authorities investigate the scene where a Lincoln Town Car crashed near the Hamilton street bridge on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Spokane, Wash. The driver was hospitalized.  (Tyler Tjomsland)
Authorities investigate the scene where a Lincoln Town Car crashed near the Hamilton street bridge on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Spokane, Wash. The driver was hospitalized. (Tyler Tjomsland)

A man was hospitalized Tuesday evening after his car crashed into a barrier along a highway off-ramp in central Spokane.

The incident was reported about 8:15 p.m. There apparently were no witnesses of the crash, and those who first came upon the massive debris field on Second Avenue almost under a state Highway 290 bridge that leads from Hamilton Street to Interstate 90 assumed the car had fallen from the bridge, said Washington State Patrol Sgt. Gabe Olson.

But the car actually struck a barrier on the off-ramp from southbound Hamilton leading to westbound Second Avenue. The 1992 Lincoln Town Car came to rest on Second Avenue and a sidewalk.

The driver was ejected, Olson said. He was conscious at the scene and transported by ambulance to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Alcohol and speed likely were factors in the crash, Olson said.

Troopers closed Second Avenue at the scene until debris was cleared.

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