September 16, 2011 in Region

I-90 reopens overnight after smoke triggers fatal pileup

Associated Press

KITTITAS, Wash. — Interstate 90 reopened in both directions overnight after smoke from a brush fire caused a fatal multiple-vehicle crash east of Ellensburg.

The Washington State Patrol says 10 vehicles were involved in the crash Thursday afternoon, which included motor homes, tractor trailers and passenger cars. One person, 60-year-old John P. Hazelton of University Place, was killed, and at least three others were injured.

The highway was closed between the Kittitas exit at milepost 115 and the Ryegrass Summit rest area at milepost 126. The eastbound lanes were closed from about 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

© Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Thoughts and opinions on this story? Click here to comment >>

Get stories like this in a free daily email