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Icy roads at heart of crashes, including three deaths


Vehicle crashes attributed in part to icy roads killed three people in the region in the last week, authorities said.

Richard Howe, 62, of Omak, died about 8:35 p.m. Nov. 21 on SR-155 six miles south of Disautel Pass.

Howe was wearing a seatbelt in the 2004 Ford F350 pickup as he lost control just after passing another vehicle, according to a Washington State Patrol investigation.

The pickup, headed north, fishtailed several times, went onto the shoulder on the southbound side of the road into an embankment and struck two trees, coming to rest on its top, the Patrol reported.

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