(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
Valley man and child involved in accident, two Life Flight helicopters called…
A section of Highway 395 south of Chewelah was closed for several hours on Friday afternoon after two pickups collided near Logan Road. Both drivers and a passenger were Life Flighted into Spokane with non-life threatening injuries.
According to reports by the Washington State Patrol, the accident occured at 12:01 p.m. on Friday. A Federal Way man, 29-year-old Daniel James, was driving a gray 1999 Ford Ranger Pickup southbound. A Valley man, 63-year old Terry Gibson, was driving northbound in a red 2013 Ford F-150 pickup with a child.
Farm equipment was driving slowly along the southbound shoulder of the highway, the WSP reported and vehicles were slowing and driving around the equipment. Both vehicles collided in the northbound lane.
Two Life Flight helicopters landed on Highway 395 to pick up the injured drivers and passenger, while Fire District 4, Fire District 5, Chewelah Ambulance, Deer Park Ambulance and the Chewelah Fire Department also responded to the accident.
Both drivers had to be extricated with the jaws of life from their vehicles, reports Fire District 4.
During this time, a large line of vehicles stacked up behind the wreck stretching back to Chewelah. Detours were put in place to go along Heine Road while others also took Cottonwood to bypass the stoppage.
The driver of the Ford Ranger did not have his seat belt on, according to WSP reports, but the driver and child in the F-150 were wearing their safety restraints.
Charges of negligent driving are pending according to the Washington State Patrol.