Dozens Of Crashes Close Pass
SEATTLE - Interstate 90 across Snoqualmie Pass was shut down for hours Wednesday because of a huge vehicle pileup and multiple spinouts.
The eastbound lanes reopened at about 9 p.m., and the westbound lanes about an hour later.
The westbound lanes were closed near Cle Elum because of collisions involving as many as 50 or 60 vehicles west of the summit. Trooper Jeff Merrill of the Washington State Patrol says some of the collisions involved semis, and there were about seven injuries.
It was snowing heavily about 3:30 p.m. when the wrecks happened, and medic units had to thread their way through the jumbled vehicles to the injured.
Snoqualmie Pass wasn't the only part of the state bedeviled by snow Wednesday.
Falling snow during the evening commute in the Everett area led to at least 60 collisions there and prompted Everett police to ask people to stay home if possible.
Snow also fell in the morning from Olympia in Western Washington all the way east to Spokane, with numerous minor accidents reported in Spokane and Wenatchee, as well as in Western Washington.
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