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Drivers Headed To Westside From Yakima Had To Stop In Ellensburg

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NEAR ELLENSBURG, Wash.- Tuesday's Snoqualmie Pass closure affected a lot of people traveling from the Yakima Valley and Ellensburg areas trying to make it over to the westside.

I-90 was closed at exit 109, and semi-trucks and a handful of car lined the highway, just waiting for the okay to get back on the road.

Ray Edwards was one of the truck drivers parked on the shoulder. He told KNDO he's been on the road from Portland since Sunday and says he's run into three delays so far.  

"I've only gone 500 miles in two-and-a-half days, and for a trucker, that's nothing. We're just not getting anything done," said Edwards.

Edwards says he's been a trucker for 34 years and says this January has been one of the toughest he can remember.

Parked right in front of Ray's big truck was a little white car, and inside was Michelle Kandera and her 7 month old baby boy.  

"We're doing okay right now, just waiting it out, and hoping we have enough food and baby supplies in the meantime," said Kandera.

Both Edwards and Kandera agreed there was really nothing more they could do, than just be patient.     

" I'm going to just take a nap," said Kandera.

"I'm just going to throw my hands up and chill- and wait it out," said Edwards.


 

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