AP NEWS

Two injured in series of crashes near Easton on I-90

August 12, 2017 GMT

Two people were injured, one seriously, in a series of semi-truck collisions Friday morning on Interstate 90 westbound near Easton, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The first crash occurred at 3:25 a.m. at milepost 69 and involved three semis and a car, Washington State Trooper Brian Moore said. A heavy fog had come down from Snoqualmie Pass and was affecting visibility. One of the semis contained corn, which spilled over the roadway.

Michael Casey, 35, of Ashford was driving a 2017 International Tractor pulling a trailer westbound when he changed lanes to avoid the thick fog ahead, according to the WSP. Casey lost control of the semi and it rolled.

Thomas Hume, 59, of West Richland was behind Casey driving a 1997 red Peterbilt Tractor and pulling two trailers, according to the WSP. He saw Casey roll his semi and overcorrected, rolling his semi. Cynthia Sneed, 55, of Yakima was driving a 2007 red Toyota Camry behind Hume and saw his semi roll. Sneed swerved to avoid Hume and crashed into a third semi.

Richard Globe, 46, of Auburn was driving the 2018 Kenworth Tractor with a trailer that was struck by Sneed in her attempt to avoid the other two semi-trucks, according to the WSP. Globe then attempted to avoid the collision by passing on the shoulder.

Hume was the only one injured in the crash and was taken to KVH, according to the WSP. No one was seriously injured, Moore said.

Casey and Hume faces charges of wheels off the roadway, according to the WSP. The cause of the crash is suspected to be speeding too fast for conditions by Casey.

SECOND CRASH

Then at 8:24 a.m. a second vehicle collision occurred on Interstate 90 westbound at milepost 71, two miles from the other crash.

Brenda Ormond, 78, of Snohomish was driving a 2011 maroon Ford Flex westbound when she failed to slow down for traffic that was stopped up ahead due to the earlier collision and swerved, crashing into a semi, according to the WSP. She was seriously injured in the collision and taken to Kittitas Valley Healthcare, Moore said. She faces charges of improper lane travel. The semi was driven by Jody Orona, 48, of Vancouver.

After the first three semis crashed, Interstate 90 was closed for about an hour and then one lane was reopened, Moore said. The lane was closed intermittently while the Washington State Department of Transportation cleaned up the corn and removed the semis. Interstate 90 reopened completely at about 10 a.m., but one semi remains and will be removed Saturday morning.