I-90 crash involving 18 cars, 12 semitrucks near Kittitas happens amid freezing fog – KIRO Seattle

KITTITAS, Wash. — Eastbound Interstate 90 is closed 16 miles east of Ellensburg due to a 30-vehicle crash likely caused by freezing fog and low visibility, troopers and fire officials said.

Washington State Patrol and Washington State Department of Transportation crews began working to close the stretch of highway at around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. The interstate is closed at milepost 115, east of Kittitas.

At 8 a.m., WSP tweeted that the closure may last 8 to 10 hours. WSDOT said it had no estimated time but believed the reopening would likely happen sometime later Wednesday evening.

A total of 18 cars and 12 semitrucks were involved, according to WSP Trooper Collin Cumaravel.

Five people were treated and taken to hospitals in Quincy and Ellensburg with relatively minor injuries, Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Rich Elliott said.

Elliott estimated that there were 45 to 50 vehicles within the three-quarter-mile footprint of the crash scene, many with some kind of damage, although most were not directly involved.

“If you’re planning a trip from the Puget Sound area across Snoqualmie Pass toward Spokane, you may want to delay your travel for quite a while or seek alternate routes in the meantime,” the WSP tweeted at around 7 a.m..

WSP said drivers will have to detour via local roads, U.S. 2 over Stevens Pass or U.S. 12 over White Pass.

Last Sunday, eastbound I-90 was closed near Easton after a crash involving 15 vehicles.


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