1 killed in I-90 multi-vehicle crash near Ellensburg, caused by heavy smoke

Photo courtesy of the Washington State Patrol

KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. - A 93-year-old woman has died and another is in serious condition after heavy wildfire smoke sparked a multiple-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 near Ellensburg late Thursday morning, the Washington State Patrol reports.

State Patrol reports Grace E. Bronn of Sultan died after the truck pulling a travel trailer she was in jack knifed and was hit by a car.

A brush fire reportedly started at Ryegrass in the freeway median late Thursday morning when the fatal collision involving one semi-truck, one truck pulling a travel trailer, one truck and a car occurred.

State Patrol reports that all four vehicles were traveling eastbound on I-90 when the incident happened.

A truck reportedly slowed for stopping traffic caused by low visibility from smoke at milepost 125 when a semi-truck rear-ended the truck.

That was when the truck pulling a travel trailer rear-ended the semi truck and then jack knifed and was hit by a car, according to State Patrol.

The seriously injured driver was also in the truck pulling a travel trailer, according to Trooper Brian Moore with State Patrol. She was taken to Kittitas Valley Healthcare for treatment.

There was a total of seven people involved in the collision.

Eastbound 1-90 was closed at milepost 115 near Ellensburg but has now been opened. Westbound I-90 had been closed at Vantage but reopened after 12:30 p.m.

Fire crews have now gained an upper hand on the brush fire that reportedly burned about 100 acres, according to the State Patrol.

Moore said there will be lane restrictions throughout the evening and to expect delays. The State Patrol is investigating the collision.


The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

More information will be updated as it becomes available.

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