Icy roads, multiple accidents close I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass Friday morning

UPDATE: JANUARY 4TH, 6PM: Westbound I-90 reopened at Ellensburg (milepost 106) at 12:30PM, but eastbound I-90 will remain closed (milepost 34 in North Bend) until approximately 8PM. WSDOT said the removal of vehicles involved in accidents and an ensuing oil spill was taking longer than expected.

Accident scene on I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass. PC: WSDOT

ORIGINAL STORY:

Due to icy road conditions and dozens of accidents blocking the roadway, early Friday morning, January 4th, WSDOT closed I-90 [in both directions] over Snoqualmie Pass – from North Bend (milepost 34) to Ellensburg (milepost 106).

According to Washington State Patrol, this included a one- fatality, serious accident involving three semis and one car on eastbound I-90 near milepost 61. There were also six accidents on westbound I-90 near milepost 62 involving three semis and three cars.

WSDOT said crews will re-evaluate conditions around 12PM and then will decide when to reopen Snoqualmie Pass. At 7:45AM, it was 32 degrees with a rain and snow mix at the east summit.

Accident scene near East Summit of Snoqualmie Pass. Photo: WSDOT

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