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Slick roads, deer cause Monday mayhem


November 19, 2020

COLFAX—Washington State Patrol responded to more than half a dozen incidents yesterday, Nov. 23, all connected to road conditions or inconsiderate deer. One driver was transported to the hospital as a precaution, but no other injuries were reported. All information taken from WSP collision memos. There were three non-reportable collisions and one call troopers were unable to locate.

-No injuries were reported after a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban rolled off Highway 27 after 7 a.m. Brianna Bell of Olympia was driving southbound and lost control on icy roads about 1.6 miles north of Garfield. The vehicle left the roadway to the right and rolled, coming to rest on its wheels. The Suburban was towed from the scene.

-Icy conditions in the S curves south of Colfax landed a 2002 Chevrolet Tracker behind a tow truck. Jon Aldrich of Colfax was traveling southbound on Highway 195 about 8:30 a.m. Half a mile south of Colfax, the vehicle lost control, slid across the northbound lanes and exited the roadway down into the northbound ditch. No injures were reported from the incident.

-A Ford F150 pickup was towed from a slide-off south of Rosalia. Robert Seibly of Clarkston was driving northbound on Highway 195 just before 9 a.m. about seven miles south of Rosalia and attempted to pass a semi. Seibly lost control on wet roads, slid broadside, crossed the southbound lane and left the roadway.

-The driver of a 2017 Subaru Outback was transported to the hospital for possible injury. Cassandra Wendel of Moscow, Idaho, was traveling eastbound on Highway 272 on snow/slush/ice covered roads at 9:45 a.m. About five miles east of Colfax, Wendel lost control, crossed the centerline and entered a roadway ditch. The vehicle came to a rest on the driver’s side. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

-Deer and rain created the conditions that resulted in a 2014 Ram ProMaster cargo van being towed from Highway 195 four miles north of Pullman. David Meroshnik of Spokane Valley was traveling northbound about 4:50 p.m. when a deer ran into the roadway from the right and was struck.

-Suicidal deer claimed another automobile, a 1997 Geo Prizm, which has to be towed from Highway 270 two miles east of Pullman. Brian Sloot of Moscow, Idaho, was driving eastbound when the deer ran into the roadway and was struck.


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