Semi wreck blocks westbound Interstate 90 lanes for 8 hours

A 20-mile stretch of Interstate 90’s westbound lanes was closed for nearly eight hours Tuesday when a semi truck lost control on a bridge. The crash left a passenger in the truck hospitalized, according to the Washington State Patrol. Corey L. Weaver, 47, of Colton, Utah, was driving a 2016 Freightliner west when he lost control about 5:20 a.m. a mile east of Cle Elum, according to the State Patrol. The Freightliner slid sideways on the bridge, with the tractor striking the left side of the bridge and the trailer hitting the right side and its rear wheels hanging over the side, according to a State Patrol news release. Weaver was uninjured, but his passenger, Shelly D. Eskelson, 51, also from Colton, was taken to KVH Hospital in Ellensburg, where she was listed in satisfactory condition. Crews cleared the highway by 1 p.m., but the bridge sustained extensive damage, according to trooper Brian Moore. While the road was blocked, westbound drivers were detoured to U.S. Highway 97 to State Route 970. Intoxicants were not a factor in the crash, but troopers said Weaver will be cited for driving too fast for road conditions.

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