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Three dead in North Idaho crashes

Three dead in North Idaho crashes

Three people have been killed Tuesday in two separate crashes in North Idaho, while there have been multiple crashes and collisions reported across Eastern Washington.

Two people were killed in a two car crash on Interstate-90 near Cataldo. A man and woman were driving in a Nissan Pathfinder westbound around 10:30 a.m. when they lost control, went across the median and slammed into a semi-truck. The truck ended up in the eastbound lanes, while the Pathfinder came to a rest in the median.

The woman in the passenger seat died on impact while the male driver was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The victims have not been identified. The two people in the semi-truck were not injured.

The crash slowed traffic in the westbound lanes while eastbound traffic was diverted off the freeway for about five hours. Idaho State Police say slick roads were a major factor in the crash.

In Nez Perce County, one person was killed in a two-vehicle crash along Highway 12 at 8:11 a.m. In that collision the driver of a tractor trailer crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a pick-up truck.

Tanker spill closes Hwy 17

Tanker spill closes Hwy 17

Highway 17 is closed as crews from the Department of Ecology work to transfer ethanol from a tanker truck that crashed in a bridge over Lind Coulee around 6 am.


No one was hurt in the crash. Ecology reports that less than 100 gallons of ethanol spilled onto the roadway and none of it reached water in a nearby canal. Highway 17 will remain closed as crews work to transfer approximately 6,0000 gallons of ethanol into a new tank and right the truck.

Personalized license plates celebrate 40 years

Personalized license plates celebrate 40 years

From the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:

Train collides with semi-truck

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office Motor Traffic Unit and Columbia Basin Railroad are investigating a collision between a train and a semi-truck that happened on Friday afternoon.


Jamie Veliz of Othello was driving a 2004 Peterbilt pulling two hooper trailers when he tried to cross the train tracks at a private crossing on the El Oro Cattle Company property. A southbound Columbia Basin Railroad train struck the truck and pushed it off the west side of the tracks.

Ephrata auto detailer shines up Air Force One

Ephrata auto detailer shines up Air Force One

Earlier this month an auto detailer from Ephrata joined a team of 35 hand picked detailers to take on the project of a lifetime. The nation's top detailers came together to bring back the shine on the original Air Force One at the Seattle Museum of Flight.

 

“This is a special opportunity that has arisen at an important point in my career,” said Bill 'The Buff Man' Quinn. “I am honored and excited to be a member of such and exclusive team and to get the chance to use my skills for such an esteemed job—preserving an important piece of U.S. aviation history.”

 

The Air Force One Special Air Missions 970 flew Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. The plane is now sits on the tarmac at the Seattle Museum of Flight and had not been cleaned in over two years.

 

The team of 35 worked for five days cleaning the oxidized metals on the plane in sections.

 

Grant County Cracks Down Boater Safety

Grant County Cracks Down Boater Safety

Grant County Sheriff's marine enforcement will be cracking down on boating under the influence (BUI) offenders for the annual Operation Dry Water campaign June 28, 29 and 30, .

The campaign will increase patrols at Grant County lakes and the Columbia River. Patrols will not only include serious penalties for boaters under the influence, but deputies will also check for proper boater education cards.

"There will be arrests this weekend, and some boaters will face the consequences of boating under the influence," says Sheriff Tom Jones. "We want boaters to enjoy themselves, but there will be zero tolerance for BUI.”

Operation Dry Water, coordinated by Washington State Parks, began in 2009 by state and local marine law enforcement agencies in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard. The campaign will put marine law enforcement officers on the water around the nation in hopes of reducing the amount of boating under the influence accidents.

The goal of Operation Dry is to reduce the number of fatalities by increasing the visibility of BUI enforcement during the last weekend in June.

Get nonstop from Spokane to L.A.

Get nonstop from Spokane to L.A.

Getting to Los Angeles just got quicker and easier. Spokane International Airport will accept the first passengers to embark on a nonstop flight from GEG to LAX on Tuesday. They're doing it in style.

Passengers will be given a celebrity welcome, complete with chair massage and breakfast. Paparrazi will be on hand, capturing the headlines and taking photos of the travelers against a backdrop of the golden California sand and surf. Each person also can participate in a raffle for California-themed prizes.