Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Fog, icy road contribute to I-90 crash

Associated Press

VANTAGE, Wash. -- Fog and icy roads were considered factors in a pileup of 23 cars and trucks that blocked the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 between Vantage and Kittitas for about six hours Tuesday.

No one was killed in the early morning crash, but one person was critically injured and several others were also injured, the State Patrol said.

The highway was closed to prevent traffic from slamming repeatedly into the mass of crumpled vehicles, State Patrol Trooper Brad Hudson i
n Spokane said. Westbound lanes remained open.

About 650 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from semi-trucks that suffered punctured fuel tanks, Hudson said.

The fuel was cleaned up by state Ecology Department crews, and the highway reopened about 12:45 p.m.

The accident happened in the fog on an icy downhill stretch of roadway near the Rye Grass rest area, said State Patrol Lt. Darrel Brown in Wenatchee.

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