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Two people injured in chain crash at Thornton work zone


September 6, 2018 | View PDF

Steve Henning

--Bill Carroll photo

Thornton volunteer fireman Steve Henning pours water into the wrecked 2017 Silverado pickup truck which ignited and burned in Tuesday morning's chain reaction wreck on Highway 195. Edward Driskill of Moscow was in the pickup at the end of a long line of northbound vehicles stopped at the construction zone when it was hit by a semi truck. Driskill, who was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital, managed to get out of the truck before it ignited.

Two people were injured Tuesday morning when a truck driver failed to stop at the Highway 195 passing lane project at Thornton and started a chain accident involving three other vehicles. The first vehicle hit in the accident ignited and burned along the side of the highway.

According to the Washington State Patrol report, Robert C. Cathcart, 55, Spokane, was driving a 2016 truck and trailer northbound at 11:34 a.m. and failed to stop in time to avoid hitting as 2017 Silverado pickup truck, the last of three vehicles parked at the construction zone stop.

Driver of the pickup Edward Driskill, 40, Moscow, was injured and transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane by a Rosalia ambulance crew. The pickup was pushed to the side of the highway and was destroyed by fire.

The pickup struck a 2013 Lexus driven by Douglas Kaufman, 62, Greenacres. He and a passenger, Dolores E. Kaufman, Greenacres, were not hurt.

Margaret Bingaman, 81, Rosalia, driver of the lead vehicle in the line, was injured and transported by a Colfax ambulance to Whitman Hospital in Colfax. The 2004 Nissan Maxima she was driving was struck by the Lexus which was driven by Kaufman.

According to the WSP district report, Cathcart was charged with negligent driving in the second degree.


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