Multi-Vehicle Fatality Accident Closes I-90 at Ryegrass

State Patrol believes smoke from fire caused accident due to poor visibility

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I-90 Fatality RV Wreckage
Photo Provided by WSP Trooper Brian Moore shows RV Wreckage on I-90

KITTITAS, WA – One person has died as the result of a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 90 at Ryegrass today.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Bryan Moore reported the accident shortly after 11 o’clock this morning when smoke from a wind-whipped brush fire along I-90 apparently caused poor visibility, which may have led to the accident.

I-90 Fatality Airlift Photo
Photo Courtesy of WSP Trooper Brian Moore shows crash victim being airlifted from I-90

A passenger was airlifted from the scene but reportedly died en route. The driver is in serious condition.

I-90 Fatality Brush Fire Photo
Photo Courtesy WSP Trooper Brian Moore showing charged landscape along I-90

The accident involved one semi, a truck pulling a travel trailer, a truck and a car. Traffic is slowed in both directions as fire crews continue to work the fire lines. Eastbound is especially slow through the accident scene as the State Patrol investigate its cause.