On Saturday afternoon, January 25th, Eastside Fire & Rescue crews were on the scene of a serious accident involving a semi truck and passenger vehicle on westbound SR 18 just west of the I-90 interchange.
The collision happened at 11:20AM approximately halfway between the 90/18 interchange and the Raging River (milepost 27) and blocked all lanes blocked. SR 18 has three lanes in this stretch of the highway.
EF&R reported taking one person to a local hospital for further treatment and that SR 18 would be closed in both directions for an extended period of time.
WSP took over the scene after firefighters left around 12:30PM and then announced the collision involved a fatality. EF&R Chief Jeff Clark stated the accident caused one injury and one fatality.
Washington State Patrol said a small SUV heading westbound crossed the center line and hit the semi that was traveling eastbound. Both vehicles ended up in a roadside ditch.
The 47-year old North Bend woman driving the SUV died at the scene. The 46-year old male semi truck driver was injured and taken to Overlake Medical Center. Drugs and/or alcohol were not involved according to police.
SR 18 was closed between I-90 and Issaquah/Hobart Road for approximately seven hours so detectives could complete the accident investigation.
Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.