Truck fire snarls Interstate 90 traffic through Issaquah
August 26, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
UPDATED — 5:30 p.m. Aug. 26, 2011
Traffic slowed to a crawl along eastbound Interstate 90 late Friday afternoon as a tractor-trailer burned along the roadway.
State troopers reopened all lanes by 5:30 p.m., but motorists should still expect significant delays.
The truck driver managed to stop the vehicle on the road shoulder just west of the Front Street North exit before escaping from the rig at about 4 p.m.
Trooper Julie Startup, a Washington State Patrol spokeswoman, said the truck is not hauling any hazardous material. The driver escaped unharmed.
“The semi was able to make it onto the shoulder, but is burning up pretty steadily over there,” she said. “They have confirmed that it is a non-haz mat load, and we’re not having a haz mat concern. It’s just a pretty good fire.”
Troopers stopped traffic in the eastbound lanes at state Route 900. The backup stretched for five miles just before 5 p.m.
King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit riders in the Issaquah area should expect delays.
Eastside Fire & Rescue crews responded to the blaze as people climbed atop nearby buildings to see the blaze. The fire destroyed the cab, but did not appear to do much damage to the trailer.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Startup said troopers had yet to determine the rig’s contents.