Semi crashes, bursts into flames after swerving to avoid deer on I-90

Three deer caused quite a commotion on eastbound I-90 in the early hours of Monday, December 5, 2016, when a semi truck driver swerved to avoid the local wildlife crossing the freeway – and subsequently had his truck burst into flames.

Crews from Eastside Fire and Rescue responded to the non-injury, one semi accident scene at milepost 27 near Snoqualmie around 3AM.

According to the Washington State Patrol accident report, the 38-year old male driver from California swerved to the right to avoid striking the deer when he lost control of the semi. The truck then hit the exit sign, concrete curbing and guard rail and became fully engulfed in flames in the right shoulder.

Eastbound I-90 was blocked for just over six hours while fire crews dealt with the accident scene and hauled the totaled semi away.

Drugs and alcohol were not involved and the driver luckily escaped the burning semi truck uninjured.  The WSP accident report did not give the condition of the deer involved.







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