Two killed on I-90 in Moses Lake after wrong-way driver causes head-on collision

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Eastbound lanes on Interstate 90 in Moses Lake have been blocked since 2:30 this afternoon after a head-on collision that killed two people.

Trooper John Bryant said what he believes was a Hyundai SUV was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes when it collided with a larger van-type vehicle.

Both drivers were killed.

Bryant said the investigation is ongoing and he doesn’t know of any other injuries in the wreck or other passengers in the two vehicles.

The accident happened near I-90’s intersection with State Route 17.

Traffic is being routed onto the frontage road.

At 4:30 p.m., Bryant said it would take at least two more hours to clear the scene.

Among the issues is getting the traffic that was backed up by the wreck turned around.

“That’s not hard with passenger cars but with semis it’s really hard, so it takes a while,” Bryant said.

The identities of the victims are not yet being released pending notification of next of kin.

“We don’t know the reason why that vehicle was going the wrong way,” Bryant said. “If you think about that area out there, there’s a big gap between that exit and the previous exit. A lot of questions, not a lot of answers right now. It’s just a bad scene unfortunately.”