Washington State Patrol seeks accident witnesses

October 19, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 2 p.m. Oct. 19, 2011

The state troopers investigating a deadly accident on Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass seek additional witnesses to the crash.

The crash injured a 47-year-old Issaquah woman and left two Idaho motorists dead.

The accident occurred just before 11 a.m. Monday on the eastbound interstate just east of Snoqualmie Pass. The collision involved three tractor-trailer rigs and two passenger vehicles.

Early reports to the Washington State Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team indicate four of the vehicles stopped in the lone eastbound lane.

Investigators said a truck combination had been the lead vehicle followed by a Buick LeSabre, another tractor trailer and, lastly, a Jeep Cherokee.

The state patrol said a third truck and the Jeep collided, sending the sport-utility vehicle ahead into the trailer of the middle truck. The middle truck then struck the rear of the Buick. Then, the Buick struck the rear of the trailer on the first truck. The occupants in the Jeep died at the scene.

The state patrol is seeking witnesses to the events before, leading up to or the collision itself. Call Detective Sgt. Jerry Cooper at 360-805-1192 or Detective Curt Ladines at 360-805-1160.

Medics transported the Issaquah woman, Lilian H. Skelton, to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue.

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