3 Semis Jackknife on I-90 Wednesday Morning, Close Highway for 4 Hours
Snoqualmie Pass is open, but traveling on I-90 continues to be challenging after three semis jackknifed within minutes of each other early Wednesday morning.
The jackknifes all happened shortly after 4 am within a mile of each other on the eastbound side of I-90 between Elk Heights and Ellensburg.
Trooper John Bryant says that particular stretch of roadway is especially challenging for drivers.
"The troopers that first got on the scene kind of saw each of the semis doing that," said Bryant. "It's happened before, and it happens sometimes a lot in that area of Elk Heights, because you climb up, and then it goes down a little bit, so it does get that icy problem."
Eastbound I-90 was closed for about four hours from the three semi jackknifes. WSDOT crews treated the road with chemicals and salt after the trucks were towed away.
Bryant said roughly 85 percent of the traffic on the highway at that time of the day is truck traffic.
He said it's especially busy at this time after the four day closure of Snoqualmie Pass prevented truck traffic from delivering goods to the eastern side of the Cascades.