Truck fire temporarily closes eastbound I-90 near Cle Elum

  • Tue Jan 28th, 2014 8:00pm
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Associated Press

CLE ELUM — The Washington State Patrol says a commercial truck that crashed and caught fire closed eastbound lanes of I-90 in the central Cascades foothills for more than four hours. A detour was provided.

Troopers say the driver, Jose Macias, 35, of Moses Lake, was injured and taken to a nearby hospital Tuesday afternoon.

The patrol says the tractor-trailer rig veered to the right, hitting a guardrail and bridge abutment, then traveled across an overpass and wound up blocking both eastbound lanes. Then it caught fire.

Troopers blamed an equipment malfunction.

The eastbound closure lasted from 2 p.m. until nearly 6:30 p.m. Westbound lanes were not affected.

The crash happened just east of Cle Elum.