Highway 18 reopen after deadly crash near Issaquah

A crash involving a car and semi truck has shut down both directions State Route 18 near Issaquah, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (Photo: KOMO/ Air 4)

NEAR ISSAQUAH, Wash. - A 30-year-old man was killed in a crash involving a semi truck that shut down both directions State Route 18 near Issaquah Monday afternoon.

It happened just after 4:30 p.m. near milepost 21 just east of the Issaquah-Hobart Road exit.

Witnesses told troopers a car was headed eastbound on SR 18 and veered across the center line into oncoming traffic and collided with the semi truck.

The State Patrol said the driver of that car, Patrick Saylor of Wheat Ridge, Colo. died at the scene.

The semi driver, Wade Fenley, 40, of Greensburg, Ind., had minor injuries, but was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

Neither vehicle had any passengers.

SR 18 was closed in both directions at Issaquah-Hobart Road for more than six hours while troopers investigated and the State Department of Transportation cleared the scene.

"There is a lot of debris. There's diesel on the roadway which is extremely slippery, so they're all here and set up in place to get this cleaned up as quickly as possible," said Trooper Rick Johnson.

Both lanes of SR 18 reopend just before 11 p.m.

No word yet on what caused the driver of the car to cross the center lane.

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