SPOKANE, Wash. – Three people injured during a Wednesday morning wreck along N. Market Street were upgraded to stable condition by the afternoon according to authorities.
The wreck on Market Street between Francis and Lincoln tied up traffic around 7:00 a.m.
Spokane County crash investigators said the male driver of a silver Dodge truck, headed north on Market Street, lost control and hit the curb before over-correcting across the centerline and colliding with a southbound Chevrolet Silverado and a fence.
Authorities arrested the driver of the Dodge, Corey Keller, for DUI before transporting him to the hospital. Deputies took a blood sample from the 42-year-old at the scene.
Officers redirected all northbound and southbound traffic one block west from Wilding to Lincoln as they investigated the crash.
Longtime residents along Market Street say this is a hotspot for wrecks and speeding, but crash investigators do not believe speed was a factor in this crash.
"I was in my living room getting ready to go to the YMCA and just heard a big WOMP," Janice Benson said.
Investigators are looking into whether Keller was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he lost control of the truck. The truck reportedly ended up stopped in the middle of Market Street at a 90-degree angle when a southbound Chevrolet Silverado t-boned it.
The bed of the Dodge pickup truck was full of boxes and bags of items belonging to the driver’s relative who he said told investigators he was helping move. Those items and the Dodge truck may be seized from investigators if the driver, was in fact, influenced by drugs or alcohol - and if so, detectives said that driver could face charges as serious as vehicular assault.
The driver of the Dodge pickup told detectives he did not remember how he crashed.