Icy roads near Moses Lake wreaked havoc on drivers as two rollover crashes were reported within six minutes of each other on a two-mile stretch of Interstate 90, according to the Spokesman-Review.
Washington State Patrol troopers said a 42-year-old man in a 2001 GMC Savana van slid off the roadway and rolled over several times before landing 50 feet away.
A 27-year-old woman also driving westbound hit a cable barrier on the left side of the highway and bounced off to the right side of the roadway where her 1998 Dodge Durango rolled into a dirt embankment. From those accidents, three people were taken to the hospital.
Police listed speed as the cause of the first crash, while the cause of the second remains under investigation.
A third crash happened Sunday morning when a 2001 Ford pickup truck rolled onto the shoulder after a 26-year-old driver lost control.
These types of crashes can happen frequently in inclement weather. It is important for people to remember to slow down and use caution when driving on potentially slick roads.
Even if you cannot see any snow or ice on the roadways, there can be spots of “black ice” which you may not be able to see until it is too late. That’s why it’s important to maintain a safe speed and keep both hands on the wheels after any winter precipitation.