3 hurt as freezing fog leads to 30-vehicle crash, including 12 semis, on Washington's I-90
The crash happened in the pre-dawn hours near the town of Kittitas, Washington. One of the 12 semi trucks ripped open during the collision and spilled apples all over the freeway.
KITTITAS, Wash. – Eastbound lanes of I-90 in central Washington (mile post 115) are estimated to reopen at 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time today, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
The lanes were closed on Wednesday morning after 30 vehicles, including a dozen semi-trucks, collided amid a layer of freezing fog, troopers said.
The crash happened about 5:30 a.m. near the town of Kittitas, according to the Washington State Patrol. One of the 12 semis ripped open during the collision and spilled apples all over the freeway, reported FOX 13 Seattle.
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Photos from the scene show an ambulance was among the other 18 vehicles involved.
Three people were sent to local hospitals, according to FOX 13 Seattle, quoting the Washington State Patrol. According to WSDOT, all injuries caused by the crash were minor.
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The state patrol says freezing fog was a main contributor for the crash. Temperatures were in the teens to low 20s at nearby Ellensburg around the time of the pileup.
The Washington State Department of Transportation estimated the freeway will remain closed for nearly 12 hours while the cleanup is completed.
Freezing fog is a widespread issue across Eastern Washington on Wednesday morning. About 100 miles east, troopers in the Kennewick area reported responding to 15 freezing-fog-related crashes.
Freezing Fog Advisories were in effect until noon Wednesday.