Pregnant woman killed amid several crashes on hail, snow covered I-90 near North Bend
NORTH BEND, Wash. - A pregnant woman was killed and several other people were hurt in multiple weather-related crashes on Interstate 90 near North Bend on Sunday night.
There were about 20 crashes or spinouts on I-90 along an approximately 15-mile stretch around North Bend after 7 p.m. Sunday, the Washington State Patrol said.
In the fatal accident, a Mitsubishi Galant was heading east at speeds too fast for the conditions when it veered off the freeway, struck the guardrail, plunged about 20 feet down an embankment and crashed, the State Patrol said.
The pregnant woman, later identified as Alyssa S. Helfenstein, 27, of Moses Lake, died at the scene. Her 31-year-old husband, who was driving, and two children, aged 3 and 5, were taken to Harborview Medical Center with minor injuries. They are expected to recover.
The family is from Moses Lake. Drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the crash, the State Patrol reported.
A strong Puget Sound Convergence Zone has dumped accumulating hail and snow over a six-mile stretch of the roadway, making for slick conditions.
Eastbound lanes of I-90 were blocked at milepost 31 and officials were warning of treacherous conditions between Issaquah and North Bend.
Snow also began falling in some of the foothills as the zone intensified. Wet snow was reported in Sammamish, Snoquamie Ridge, North Bend, and Redmond's Union HIll.
Wet snow also made it far north out of the Convergence Zone, with reports around Bellingham:
Farther south and west into Seattle, it wasn't snow, but hail that was falling, courtesy of the Convergence Zone:
Here's another view of the hail in Seattle.
The Convergence Zone is expected to continue to bring stormy weather along I-90 through around 11 p.m. or so then taper off in the overnight hours. However, farther east, a Snow Advisory remains in effect until 5 a.m. Monday above 2,000 feet for as much as 4-7 inches of new snow with isolated spots as much as 11 inches.
Calmer weather is expected Monday.
This is developing story. We will have updates later.