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Truckers stay the night in Spokane, hope for better pass conditions tomorrow

Truck drivers say the Petro Stopping Center off exit 272 on I-90 is a nice place to stay during a long haul. It has a restaurant, fresh coffee, and most of the essentials they need. But many drivers on Monday night, didn't want to be there. They were stuck.

"I was told to camp out here for the night," one driver said.

Snow closed I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass for several hours Monday morning and afternoon. While it opened up the resorts with fresh powder, it shut down the plans of many truck drivers. Halting their loads and packing the 250 overnight spots at Petro for trucks.

"It was a bunch of mess, a lot of snow," John and Kim Brown said.

The couple's trip was slowed down when they waited three hours Monday morning for the pass to reopen. Tomorrow they'll head home.

"I'm from Georgia so, I'm not used to this, haha," John Brown said.

"The highways were closed from Ellensburg to North Bend," said truck driver Troy Nell.

Even though it's the beginning of the week, Nell is already behind.

"I'm stuck here until tomorrow morning. Hopefully I can get over tomorrow morning," he said.

Collision sends SUV over embankment on Highway 902

Collision sends SUV over embankment on Highway 902

A collision between a car and an SUV near Medical Lake sent the SUV over an embankment on Highway 902 near Craig Road Friday afternoon.

Authorities report the car, which was heading northbound, failed to yield to the westbound SUV.

No life-threatening injuries were reported in the collision.

Highway 902 remains open.

Driver freed from vehicle after rollover crash on I-90

Driver freed from vehicle after rollover crash on I-90

Rescue crews removed a person who was trapped in their vehicle after a rollover accident on I-90.

The accident occurred just before 6 a.m. Friday morning near Medical Lake-Four Lakes Road.

EMS crews arrived on scene and immediately worked to free the woman from her vehicle, which was upside down. It took crews over an hour to get her free.

That woman was taken to the hospital with non-serious injuries.



How to keep your holiday travels stress-free, uneventful

How to keep your holiday travels stress-free, uneventful

Christmas is just a week away, and with many of you hitting the road or taking to the skies to see loved ones, here are a few tips to make your travels safe and uneventful.

While some are flying to see family Tracy Milano is flying to Hawaii for a well-deserved Christmas vacation.

"I was diagnosed with cancer in February and this is our celebration," Milano said.

Milano is ready to put her toes in the sand, and relax. The best present she got isn't something she'll find under a tree; it's that she's cancer-free, and ready for a trip of a lifetime with her husband and kids.

Jocelyne Laporte can't wait to see her family in Portland.

"Spending two weeks, wonderful, cooking, baking and just enjoying the grandkids," she said.

She's so excited for her trip she got to the airport hours before. Luckily, Alaska Air is spreading some holiday cheer.

"She just booked me on an earlier flight because I got here early so she's nice over there," Laporte said.

AAA predicts 94 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this year with 5 million going by plane.

Personalized license plates celebrate 40 years

Personalized license plates celebrate 40 years

From the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:

Shutdown won't ground Spokane International Airport

Shutdown won't ground Spokane International Airport

From Spokane International Airport:

 

Spokane international Airport is advising travelers that the current Federal government shutdown will not immediately disrupt or otherwise affect Airport operations.

The two primary federal government functions that involve air transportation include passenger and baggage screening, which is performed by the Transportation Security Administration and air traffic control which is performed by the Federal Aviation Administration. In the near term, these functions have been determined to be essential by the Federal government and will not be affected by the shutdown.

EWU celebrates a decade of the STA Eagle Pass

EWU celebrates a decade of the STA Eagle Pass

From Spokane Transit Authority:

Nearly one million bus rides were taken last year by students, faculty and staff of Eastern Washington University, thanks to the university’s decade-long partnership with Spokane Transit Authority.

Known as the Eagle Pass, the program was launched in 2003 and allows cardholders unlimited use of STA’s bus system. It is funded by the university and the student body and is a real bargain for participants, particularly students on a fixed income like Katie Myers, an EWU graduate student who says, “the Eagle Pass definitely helps me to keep my waitressing job in Spokane while I’m going to school. The fact that it’s so economical fits my ‘poor-student’ budget perfectly.”