A falling tree struck an SUV on Highway 2 (Stevens Pass) this afternoon, killing two of six people inside, according to Washington State Patrol.
The eastbound 1999 Chevrolet Suburban was hit around 1:20 p.m. about 21 miles west of Leavenworth. State Patrol identified the two Bothell residents who died at the scene as Timothy Desmond Owen, 58, and Cheryl Janine Reed, 56.
Four other people in the car were injured and taken to Central Washington Hospital – Jeremy Mathias Owen, 22; Jessica Janine Owen, 27, both of Bothell as well as Jamie Owen Mayer, 24, and Steven Mayer, 24, both of Seattle.
Trees snapping onto roadways have been a problem on several icy highways throughout Washington since a winter weather storm hit the state midweek. After a temporary closure, Stevens Pass had reopened by 5 p.m., according to the State Patrol.