(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)
Life Flight called in and Highway 395 shut down for several hours…
A collision near the Deer Lake turnoff on Highway 395 on Monday evening resulted in two people being critically injured and Life Flight being dispatched. Highway 395 was closed for several hours as various local agencies responded to the incident. According to a Washington State Patrol press release, drugs and alcohol was involved in the accident.
According to the initial press memo, a 2002 Dodge Neon driven by Tom Evje, 35, of Kettle Falls was heading southbound when it crossed the centerline and struck a silver 1997 Honda CRV with two passengers. The collision occurred at roughly 9:05 p.m. on Monday a milepost 194 on Highway 395. The driver of the Honda CRV was 57-year-old Daniel Phillips of Curlew. Passengers included 44-year old Trina Dulaney of Curlew, and a minor. The minor was not injured, while Phillips, Dulaney and Evje were transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane.
First responders had to perform two extractions to get people out of their wrecked cars. Charges could be possible pending an investigation by the Washington State Patrol.
Stevens County District 1 crews, assisted by Spokane FD4, Deer Park Ambulance, Stevens County Sheriff and WSP responded and there was double extrication with two patients in critical condition. One was transported by LifeFlight.
Highway 395 was re-opened at about 4 a.m. on Tuesday.