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11 hurt in massive crash near Vantage; EB I-90 closed until Friday

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Overhead shot of the I-90 crash Thursday

Overhead shot of the I-90 crash Thursday

VANTAGE — A multi-vehicle crash involving at least 15 cars and nine semi trucks closed Interstate 90 near Vantage on Thursday.

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, a large crash closed I-90 in both directions just after 11 a.m. The interstate was closed Eastbound at Milepost 115 near Kittitas. Westbound lanes were closed briefly, but reopened around 1 p.m.

Eleven people were injured in the crash, Washington State Patrol Trooper Darron Wright said. Their conditions were not immediately known.

Drivers were being detoured onto the Old Vantage Highway. Officials say you should expect delays on the 15-mile detour.

WSDOT officials said the Eastbound lanes of I-90 would remain closed until Friday morning because of poor visibility from dust on the road. The closure starts at milepost 115 near Kittitas. Westbound traffic is not affected.

DOT crews planned to reevaluate conditions in the morning. All of the vehicles involved in the crash were removed by Thursday afternoon.

The collision adds to further backup problems, since US Highway 2 is shut in both directions due to a fire. People headed eastbound should expect long delays.

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4 comments

  • Kit

    I am glad there were no fatalities, but how do you get such a mess on the freeway during daylight in this nice weather?

    • kenmcall

      According to witnesses, there was a lot of ash and dust left over from a fire in the roadside brush on Tuesday, and a strong wind picked it up and basically created a dust storm, instantly reduced visibility to near zero. Having driven that stretch of road many times, I can just imagine what might happen if all of a sudden I couldn't see. I'm sure some were going too fast or following too close, but I don't know how much difference that would have made in this case. If you're going the 70mph speed limit and suddenly you can't see, you don't know what's ahead of you. All it took is one person to slam on the brakes, and the people behind wouldn't know it until it was too late. Scary.

  • Heather

    why was everyone in the one lane? It looks like no one is driving on the other side of the freeway…. what the heck happened?