Icy roads, fog spark multiple crashes, spinouts in Western Wash.
Icy roadways and fog spawned dozens of crashes, rollover and spinouts Wednesday morning in multiple locations around the Puget Sound area, officials reported.
The hardest-hit areas appeared to be along Interstate 5 near Ferndale in Whatcom County and Interstate 90 near North Bend.
Here is a roundup of the danger areas, as reported by local police and the Washington State Patrol:
- In the Ferndale area, southbound Interstate 5 was closed temporarily early Wednesday to clear several collisions off the roadway, creating a lengthy backup. State troopers said the cause of the crashes were motorists driving too fast for slick conditions in the area.
- Interstate 90 was the scene of about 10 to 12 crashes early Wednesday near the Highway 18 interchange west of North Bend. The accidents closed all westbound lanes for a time. As of 7:40 a.m., only one lane remained blocked. One driver sustained a possible spinal injury in the series of crashes. All vehicles left the roadway in the same location, striking one another and several trees.
- The State Patrol also reported numerous crashes on highways in Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties.
- Icy roads and spinouts also were reported in the Edmonds area.