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Fatal crash involving tanker truck forces closure of Interstate 90

One person is dead after a fiery crash involving a car and a tanker truck hauling toxic liquid Wednesday morning in Central Washington.

A 22-mile stretch of Interstate 90 was closed in both directions for several hours as firefighters and state troopers responded to the crash. Four tanks of anhydrous ammonia fell from the truck and one was leaking and burning, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The crash occurred about 8:45 a.m. in the westbound lanes about a mile east of Cle Elum, according to the state Department of Transportation. Traffic was being diverted from there to Ellensburg.

The crash is under investigation. Transportation officials said the freeway should reopen by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

This story is developing.

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