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Truck fire at I-82 shuts down westbound lanes

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SELAH , Wash. - Roads have reopened after flames from a truck fire at I-82 and a 300-acre fire near the Selah Creek Rest Area impacted drivers at Interstate 82.

[UPDATE, 5:00 p.m.] Both lanes have reopened to travelers.

The truck fire blocked the west-bound lanes at milepost 26 as of 2 p.m., Tuesday, the Washington State Department of Transportation said.

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Drivers were detoured to State Route 821 prior to one lane reopening at 3:40 p.m.

Troopers said four people were injured around 2:11 p.m. after a car rear-ended another car due to slowing traffic at milepost 27. A driver was taken to Astria Regional Medical Center and three others were taken to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in this crash.

An update from WSDOT said flames from the truck caused an ensuing brush fire at Lucas Road. Both fires have since been controlled, authorities say.

A deputy from the Training Center said a separate wildfire started around 1:30 p.m. and crews responded to both fires.

The brush fire threatened seven homes. Crews are monitoring the area.

WSDOT officials and the Washington State Patrol are in the area working to clear the roadway.



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