70 wrecks clog roadways during Tuesday snowy commute

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 8:20 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The first measurable snow fall typically keeps law enforcement and medical crews busy responding to vehicle wrecks. Tuesday was no exception.

Spokane firefighters said the snow and click conditions of one car to lose control and hit a house on the South Hill. The vehicle also hit a gas meter at the home on 17th and Perry. The driver walked away in good condition.

Washington State Patrol officers told KREM 2 News that dispatch received reports of 70 wrecks during the morning commute. Troopers located 50 of them.

Authorities said they tend to see the same problem areas each year for the first snow.

A few problem areas included the i90 near Spokane County and Lincoln County line near Fish Trap.

Crews responded to a number of wrecks on highway 395 near Deer Park. Officials shut down Bigelow Gulch Road between Spokane and Spokane Valley for a couple of hours after several vehicles slid off the road.

One semi driver chose to wait out the closure rather than turn around.

“I've been doing this 22 year and the quality of drivers that's turning out now, they take things too fast, everybody's in a hurry,” said truck driver Jeffrey Ogle.

Authorities said fortunately no one was seriously hurt in the wrecks on Tuesday.

“We'll get something like this again and it's like starting all over... Just in two weeks, well be busy again,” said Washington State Patrol trooper Jeff Sevigney.

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