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Crash on Highway 395 shows need for winter driving safety

Crash on Highway 395 shows need for...

COLBERT, Wash. - Black ice was the cause of a crash this morning on Highway 395. The two car collision took place just north of Wild Rose Road.

Just after 8 a.m. Friday, when the snow started falling, a truck southbound on 395 hit a patch of black ice, lost control, and swerved into the northbound lane.

That's when the truck was t-boned by a northbound truck. Remarkably, given the high speed of the collision, neither driver suffered life threatening injuries, with one man even walking away from the accident.

While the incident was the end of the road for both cars involved, first responders considered both men involved to be lucky. In the aftermath, one Washington State Trooper offered some words of advice.

“Speed limits are set for ideal conditions,” said State Trooper Randy Elkins. “The conditions we're going to experience the next couple of days are not going to be ideal. We're going to have lots of snow, wet roads, and ice in places. You have to reduce your speed and get where you want to go and spend time with your loved ones safely.”