Driver dies in fiery tractor-trailer crash on Tiger Mountain

September 21, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 9:45 a.m. Sept. 21, 2012

Westbound state Route 18 near Issaquah closed to traffic for more than 90 minutes early Friday after a fiery crash on Tiger Mountain left a tractor-trailer driver dead.

The vehicle, a FedEx rig hauling a pair of trailers, veered off the roadway just after 6 a.m. The truck struck a tree and then burst into flames along the westbound lanes. Flames engulfed the cab and spread to surrounding brush and trees.

The driver died in the incident, although investigators could not determine if he fell asleep or suffered a medical problem before the accident occurred. The driver’s name, age and city of residence have not yet been released.

Washington State Patrol troopers investigated the crash and closed state Route 18 from the scene to Interstate 90. Troopers reopened the lanes just before 8 a.m., but told motorists to expect additional lane closures as tow trucks removed the rig from the roadside.

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