Poor driving conditions cause problems during morning commute

SPOKANE, Wash. - It took two large semi wreckers more than two hours to free a waste management truck from a deep draw in Hangman Valley Thursday morning.

Waste Management released this statement following the crash:

"A garbage truck left the roadway and rolled over this morning off Fairway Ridge Lane in the steep terrain near Hangman Valley Golf Course. The driver was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver is a long-time waste management employee. He was collecting residential garbage. The truck was running with chains due to weather conditions in the area."

Fire fighters with Spokane County Fire District Eight were cautious when investigating the crash as the truck is fueled by natural gas but no one else was hurt responding to the incident.

Around the region, most of the morning traffic troubles were outside of Spokane. Several crashes and slide-offs were reported on Highway 395 & Highway 2. That kept county and some state resources busy as heavy snow blanketed the Inland Northwest.

In Spokane, the interstate was bare and wet during the morning commute and travelers didn't see many problems making their way in either direction.