The Washington State Patrol issued two drivers tickets on Wednesday for trying to avoid a head-on collision on Highway 260, a mile west of Connell.
Bobby L. Weaver, 82, of Connell, reportedly lost control of his car and slid into the oncoming lane while driving east. Weaver recovered control of his 2012 Audi A4 and went back to his proper lane.
Gustavo Lopez-Macio, 48, of Warden, was driving a 2014 Kenworth construction truck, pulling a trailer, west on the highway and moved into the oncoming lane to avoid Weaver, said Trooper Chris Thorson.
“The semi should have stayed in its lane and just slowed down,” Thorson said.
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Seeing the truck, Weaver allegedly changed back to driving in the oncoming traffic lane to avoid the truck.
Lopez-Macio allegedly pulled back into the correct lane and struck Weaver’s car.
Weaver was injured and taken to Lourdes Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
The state patrol reported the cause of the collision was vehicles being driven in the wrong lane. Both drivers received tickets for driving the wrong way.
“The trooper felt both drivers contributed to the collision by driving in the wrong lanes,” Thorson said.