SPOKANE, Wash. -

A strange accident shut-down Interstate 90 and sent two people to the hospital Thursday morning west of Spokane.

Five people were inside a Dodge Durango when the vehicle hit a deer in the right lane of I-90. Two of those people got out to try and move the deer off to the side of the road.

A tow truck stopped behind the first vehicle and activated its emergency flashing lights to warn drivers of the disabled vehicle.

It appears that the driver of a Jeep realized what was happening at the very last minute.

That driver swerved to miss the tow truck in the right lane and veered off into the ditch, striking the two Durango passengers who had gotten out of the car to move the deer.

“One of those individuals was airlifted by air ambulance, the other was transported by ground ambulance with serious injuries,” said Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeff Sevigney.

Trooper Sevigney said there were no obvious signs that any driver was impaired at the time of the crash.

He said crashes like this must serve as a reminder to drivers.

First, if you exit your vehicle for any reason, especially on the interstate, be aware of your surroundings and don't assume drivers will see you.

Second, keep your eyes on the road - it's not clear why the driver of the Jeep wasn't able to slow down in time, but there's a good chance that person was distracted.