Issaquah woman dies in head-on I-90 crash

June 23, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

A 39-year-old Issaquah woman was killed June 12 in a head-on collision on Interstate 90 east of North Bend. Five men in another vehicle sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash.Issaquah resident J. Heather Jeanblanc, 39, died at the scene, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office and Washington State Patrol.

At about 2:40 a.m. June 12, WSP received reports of a silver Volvo heading westbound in the I-90 eastbound lanes. Jeanblanc was the driver of the Volvo, according to the state patrol.

When troopers were responding to the call, the Volvo collided head-on with a Toyota pickup carrying five men. The men were transported to local hospitals.

Officials are investigating whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident.

The eastbound lanes of I-90 were closed for about three hours near Exit 42 as troopers investigated the accident. Eastbound I-90 was detoured to the Tinkham Road exit and back onto eastbound lanes.

Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

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