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A rock in the road in the middle of the night


This is what happens to a Ford Focus when it hits a large rock in the road.

A boulder fell onto the highway along Banks Lake sometime in the early hours of the morning Tuesday, blocking the 60 mph northbound lane.

Unfortunately, Shaian Gomez found it in her Ford Focus.

Gomez, 23, was northbound on SR-155 just before 5:21 a.m. when the Washington State Patrol got a call. Her 2002 Focus hit the rock, which state Dept. of Transportation Maintenance Supervisor Ryan Smith estimated could weigh up to 2,000 pounds.

Smith said the rock was about 4 feet across.

The big hunk of granite had fallen, as often happens, after a long rain that followed a long dry spell. It lay on...

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