Hundreds trapped at Snoqualmie Pass successfully convoy down

    Hundreds trapped at Snoqualmie Pass successfully convoy to safety (WSP Photo)

    SNOQUALMIE PASS -- State troopers successfully organized a convoy of more than 250 cars and trucks that were trapped at Snoqualmie Pass down to North Bend on Tuesday.

    Hundreds of people and vehicles were stranded by the snowstorm that hit on Monday.

    The cars lined up along SR-906 and were escorted down the eastbound lanes from the pass beginning around 3 p.m.

    The convoy used the eastbound lanes to avoid avalanche chutes above the westbound lanes.

    Some people trapped at the pass reportedly had to sleep in their cars because the one hotel at the summit was fully booked.

    Dangerous weather conditions forced the WSDOT to keep I-90 closed across Snoqualmie Pass on Tuesday and will reassess Wednesday morning. One state trooper said conditions on the pass were the worst he's seen in eight years.

    Semitruck crashes and car spinouts shut down the pass on Monday, killing one person, and weather conditions since then have kept it closed.

    More than 53 inches of snow fell in just 48 hours at the pass. Heavy snow, poor visibility and avalanche danger make it too dangerous to reopen the freeway.

    Trooper John Bryant said the deadly crash Monday happened at milepost 55, 2 miles east of the summit, and it involved a semitruck into a barrier in the westbound lanes. Bryant says troopers performed CPR and transported the victim to a nearby hospital, but later died.

    That is the only serious injury collision, however Bryant says there are multiple semi and vehicle slide-offs and crashes in the shut-down area.

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