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Ellensburg woman dies Tuesday morning on I-90 near Cle Elum

An Ellensburg woman is dead after she crashed her pickup on Interstate 90 driving near Cle Elum.

Catherine L. Bertelsen, 63, died at the scene just after 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning eight miles east of Cle Elum, according to a news release.

Bertlesen crashed her 1999 Dodge Ram pickup truck while in the left lane going westbound. She lost control of the vehicle and crossed into the right lane, flipping upside down onto the guardrail, Troopers said.

She was driving with passengers Christopher Kraus and Tessa Seimears, 21, who were both injured and taken to KVH Hospital in Ellensburg. Their condition is currently unknown.

Invesigators say the crash was caused by speeds too fast for winter road conditions.

Bertlesen’s was one of several crashes reported Tuesday morning on Interstate 90.


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