A crash between a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle left one dead late Monday afternoon. The accident snarled traffic along I-90 near Tiger Mountain throughout the entirety of the evening commute.
The crash occurred east of the Issaquah-Hobart Road exit around 4:30 p.m. Several witnesses told Washington State Patrol (WSP) that the passenger vehicle, a Dodge Magnum, suddenly veered across the divider line and into oncoming traffic. The Dodge then crashed head-on with a semi-truck traveling in the opposite direction.
Eastside Fire was the first emergency response unit to arrive at the scene. WSP pronounced the driver of the Dodge Magnum, Patrick Saylor, 30, from Wheat Ridge, Colorado, dead at the scene. The semi-truck driver, identified as Wade Fenley of Greensburg, suffered only minor injuries. He was later released from a local hospital.
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WSP was forced to close I-90 for over six hours while the State Department of Transportation cleared the scene and Troopers could investigate the crash. I-90 was eventually reopened shortly before 11 p.m.
“There is a lot of debris,” said WSP Trooper Rick Johnson. “There’s diesel on the roadway which is extremely slippery, so they’re all here and set up in place to get this cleaned up as quickly as possible.”
Police are still investigating the initial cause of the crash.