Truck carrying hazardous materials caught fire on I-90 near Cle Elum, says Washington State Trooper

Cle Elum
Image via WSP Trooper John Bryant, Twitter

CLE ELUM, Wash. — Traffic was slowed on the eastbound lane of Interstate 90 on Wednesday morning after a truck carrying hazardous materials caught fire due to a mechanical malfunction.

According to a social media post from WSP Trooper John Bryant just after 8:00 a.m. on May 11, the truck was brought to a halt near milepost 85, which is near Cle Elum in Kittitas County.

State Troopers rushed to the scene to assist the truck driver, extinguish the fire and direct traffic around this incident. Trooper Bryant says the fire was quickly contained, but eastbound traffic moved slowly through the area as overseen by authorities at the scene.

Upon further investigation, officials learned that the most likely cause of this fire was faulty trailer brakes. WSP officials asked that anyone traveling through the area proceed with caution.

The Real-Time Travel Center Map from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)  shows that roadways are cleared at the time this story is being published.

However, overnight road work between milepost 61 and 68 on the eastbound lanes of I-90 (east of Snoqualmie Pass) also contributed to intermittent delays and backups on Wednesday morning. The right lane of the roadway was temporarily closed so that the power company could remove underground cables as part of a pre-planned construction project,\.

This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued once further details.


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