Winter weather that caused freezing rain resulted in poor driving conditions in Spokane on Friday morning, resulting in 45 car accidents on Interstate 90 in two hours.
According to the Washington State Patrol, 45 wrecks were reported on I-90 by 10:15 a.m. It was warning drivers to avoid commuting during Friday morning’s freezing rain, according to news reports, which also reported it was difficult walking in some slick areas.
There was a nine-vehicle pileup on I-90 at Hamilton one direction, and a seven-vehicle pileup going the opposite way, according to news reports. Fire trucks and emergency vehicles were also reportedly sliding off the road.
“Spokane County and areas of north Idaho are experiencing freezing rain that is turning area roadways into ice-covered obstacle courses,” says Sgt. Dave Reagan, with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.
As a Spokane personal injury lawyer, I urge drivers to practice safe driving techniques in the snow and on icy roads, such as slowing down, not tailgating other drivers and using studded or chained tires while driving. Avoid roadways when suggested to do so by the State Patrol.
If you have been injured in a car accident related to the winter weather, contact a car accident attorney in Spokane.