Freezing rain causes 45 wrecks in two hours

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Posted on January 21, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 21 at 6:27 PM

(SPOKANE) -- Authorities are warning people not to drive if possible in Friday morning's freezing rain.

The conditions have caused multiple wrecks on Interstate 90.  KREM 2 photojournalist Jordan Longacre says the conditions are so slick, it's difficult to even walk in some areas. There is a nine-vehicle pileup on I-90 at Hamilton one direction, and a seven-vehicle pileup going the opposite way.

At 10:16 a.m. Friday, Washington State Patrol reported all wrecks on I-90 through the downtown Spokane area were cleared.

"Spokane County and areas of north Idaho are experiencing freezing rain that is turning area roadways into ice-covered obatacle courses," says Sgt. Dave Reagan, with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. 

Witnesses tell KREM 2 the conditions are so slick, even emergency vehicles are sliding off the road.  A witness says a fire truck is blocking the street near 18th and Rockwood on Spokane's South HIll.

Grant County Emergency Management reports slick conditions in that area as well, with seven accidents on slick roads between midnight and 10:30 Friday morning.

Conditions are much better in North Idaho, with Idaho State Police reporting no weather related accidents. 

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