Truck fire snarls Interstate 90 traffic through Issaquah

August 26, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

Washington State Patrol troopers respond to a tractor-trailer fire along Interstate 90 in Issaquah late Friday afternoon. By Tom Corrigan

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.

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One Response to “Truck fire snarls Interstate 90 traffic through Issaquah”

  1. bryanw on August 29th, 2011 8:03 am

    we were coming home from mercer island at the time the fire was going – saw smoke up in the air just before exit 18 and with the wave of red brake lights flowing backwards in the eastbound lanes, knew we had to get off 90 early!

    did anybody know if the reader boards on the freeway gave notice to people to be getting off the freeway ?

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