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One hospitalized after semi accident blocks I-90 bridge

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2-27-18 UPDATE:

CLE ELUM, WA - An accident on I-90 westbound near Cle Elum caused hours of backed up traffic for many drivers early Tuesday morning. All roads are finally open now.

Today's weather conditions were a big part of this accident. To give you an idea of where this took place, look at the map attached to this article. The accident happened on the westbound side of I-90 near Cle Elum, close to milepost 86. It happened just after 5 this morning when a semi truck driver was traveling at a high speed for the conditions in places. When he tried to slow down he lost control of the truck, hitting the guardrails and blocking both lanes of the interstate.

When State Patrol arrived, they said the truck was slanted and that the back end of the trailer was hanging off the overpass. They also say this caused major traffic for a lot of folks who took the route.

"We had significant backups - the collision point and Ellensburg - those drivers were stuck in the backup for about four hours," said Brian Moore, PIO for the Washington State Patrol, "and we do appreciate the traveling public's patience today."

A detour that started in Ellensburg was implemented up until 1 this afternoon when the interstate cleared. 

Thankfully, one person suffered only minor injuries and is expected to be okay.



CLE ELUM, WA - On February 27 just after 5:00 a.m., a semi on I-90 lost control just 1 mile east of Cle Elum and slid sideways on a bridge, blocking the bridge. 

Driver 47-year-old Corey L. Weaver and passenger 51-year-old Shelly D. Eskelson, both of Colton, UT, were traveling westbound on I-90 when Weaver attempted to slow down. This caused him to lose control, and the semi went sideways on the bridge they were crossing. The tractor unit struck the left side of the bridge and the trailer unit struck the right side of the bridge, with the rear wheels hanging over the edge. The vehicle came to a rest blocking all lanes of the bridge.

Weaver was not injured. Eskelson was injured and transported by ambulance to Kittitas Valley Healthcare in Ellensburg. Weaver was wearing a seat belt and Eskelson was not. No drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident.

The cause and charges have been determined to be speeding too fast for conditions.