Third fatal crash in three days; WSP says all were preventable

Third fatal crash in three days; WSP says all were preventable

For the third time in three days a crash caused by winter driving conditions has claimed a life.

The most recent crash occurred about 2 miles from Sprague, Washington. The previous two crashes occurred on Highway 2 and Highway 395.

All three crashes are believed to be caused by slick road conditions.

Troopers say at about 4:30 Wednesday morning a semi-truck lost control and jackknifed, partially blocking the freeway. A second semi collided with it shortly afterwards.

Washington State Patrol Officer Nicholas Hopper said, “We are unsure if its speed was too fast, didn’t see the vehicle or whatever happened but they lost control and struck the first semi.”

The driver of the first semi was killed. Three others were injured.

One of the injured people was airlifted by Life Flight and the other two were taken by ambulance to local hospitals.

WSP Officer Trooper Jeff Sevigney said, “One fatal crash is too many. Obviously three is a major problem and all of these collisions were totally preventable.”

Our winter season is just beginning and WSP says folks need to slow down to handle road conditions.

“It only takes a split second for you to lose control of your vehicle and unfortunately, especially when you have vehicles like the semis behind me, the consequences can be disastrous,” said Sevigney.

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