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UPDATE: I-90 back open after Vantage Bridge crash

VANTAGE, Wash. - 4 p.m. UPDATE - WSDOT has fully reopened I-90. 


2:55 p.m. UPDATE - WSP has identified the truck driver as 33-year-old Matthew Day of Ellensburg. Investigators say he was driving a 2016 Freightliner westbound, approaching the bridge. There is a curve in the road on the approach and Day was going too fast for conditions.

WSP says Day "entered the curve at a high rate and was unable to negotiate the curve." He hit the concrete barrier separating eastbound and westbound lanes, rolled the truck and trailer over the barrier and slid into the eastbound guardrail.

Day faces negligent driving charges.


2:45 p.m. UPDATE - WSDOT reports the eastbound lanes are expected to reopen around 4 p.m.


12:45 p.m. UPDATE - Crews have taken the wrecked truck off the interstate, according to WSP.

WSDOT reports westbound I-90 is open; eastbound remains closed from milepost 115 eight miles east of Ellensburg.


11:30 a.m. UPDATE - The Grant County Sheriff's Office tweeted a photo from the scene. The photo shows the damaged truck on its side. The concrete median barrier on I-90 is pushed into the eastbound lanes.

The sheriff's office says it appears the driver was westbound and, prior to crossing the bridge toward Vantage, jumped the barrier and landed in the eastbound lanes.

Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant said to expect an “extended closure."


ORIGINAL STORY - Interstate 90 is closed in both directions at the Vantage Bridge due to a crash Wednesday morning. 

The eastbound lanes closed just after 9:30 a.m. and westbound traffic was stopped about 15 minutes later so crews could clear the scene, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. 

Eastbound lanes will be closed for several hours. Eastbound travelers are advised to use Highway 97 over Blewett Pass or I-82 through Yakima. Westbound travelers can use I-82 or SR-243 to SR-24 to Yakima.

The Grant County Sheriff's Office says the crash involves a semi-truck fire and leaking fuel.

Drivers were warned to expect delays while traveling through the area.


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