Plane makes an emergency landing on I-90

SPOKANE – A small plane making an emergency landing in poor weather clipped a power line and came down in the eastbound lanes of I-90 about 12 miles west of here Wednesday afternoon. No injuries were reported.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the plane was a single-engine Cessna 210. He said the propeller was damaged when it hit the power line, but there appeared to be no other damage to the plane.

The pilot, en route from Canada to Spokane, was the only person on board and was forced down by poor visibility at about 5 p.m., Kenitzer said. He did not identify the pilot.

The plane landed partially in the median strip, the state Department of Transportation said. A State Patrol spokesman said all lanes had been reopened by 7 p.m.

No traffic accidents were reported, said Shawn Wetzel, a Metro Traffic spokesman in Spokane. A local utility dispatched a crew to repair the downed power line, Wetzel said.

Three injured in Spokane bus crash: A Greyhound bus failed to negotiate a curve on an I-90 offramp and crashed early Wednesday, injuring three people, Spokane police said. The driver and two passengers were taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center for treatment, officer Sue Mann said. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known. The bus, carrying about 30 passengers from St. Regis, Mont., slammed into concrete barriers on a curve as it left the freeway at the Division Street exit at about 5 a.m. The freeway exit was closed for about two hours.

Federal Way

Teacher injured in assault; student arrested: A 15-year-old boy accused of attacking a special education teacher at Federal Way High School has been arrested, police said Wednesday. The King County Juvenile Prosecutor’s Office is considering filing a felony second-degree assault charge against the student, whose name was not released. An on-campus school resource officer who responded to the incident arrested the student for investigation of assault. The injured teacher was identified as Jenny Panico, 25. She was first taken to St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, then transferred to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center after doctors discovered more serious injuries to her upper chest, head and face. She suffered a concussion and bleeding in the brain, KOMO-TV reported. She was released from Harborview Tuesday afternoon. The boy has been expelled from school and the investigation continues, said Kurt Schwan, Federal Way police spokesman.


Woman dies, two injured in accident: An 87-year-old Bandon woman died after she apparently lost control of her pickup on a highway slickened by nearly an inch of hail, police said. Jennie Goss died at the scene of the accident on U.S. 101 about 10 miles south of Coos Bay, Oregon State Police said. She was driving south when her pickup slid on the hail, crossed the center line and collided head-on with a pickup driven by 31-year-old Richard Daboling of Coos Bay. Daboling was taken to Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay, where he was listed in serious condition Wednesday, police said. A passenger in Goss’ pickup, 62-year-old Karen Prewitt of Bandon, was in good condition at the hospital.

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