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December 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Highway 2 remains closed east of Stevens Pass, after second car-tree collision

[This post has been updated. See the full story here at seattletimes.com.]

Highway 2 remained closed Sunday from the summit of Stevens Pass to Leavenworth, in both directions out of concern that more snow-laden trees could topple onto cars. Travelers were being advised to use Interstate 90 across Snoqualmie Pass or Highway 97 across Blewett Pass.

On Friday, a Bothell couple was killed and family members injured, and on Saturday, five more people were injured, by collisions with fallen trees.

The highway was closed Saturday night about an hour after an Audi driven by Binay Pathak, 37, of Seattle, struck a downed tree. Pathak, along with two others — a 25-year-old woman, and a boy, 13 — were taken to Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth, while two other females, ages 30 and 16, were taken to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, the State Patrol said in a news release. Troopers said one person was seriously injured in that accident — 22 miles west of Leavenworth —while four had relatively minor injuries.

About 1:20 p.m. Friday, a tree crashed onto an SUV about 21 miles west of Leavenworth. Timothy Owen, 58, and his wife, Janine Reed, 56, both of Bothell, died at the scene. The couple’s adult children and a son-in-law, all in their 20s, were hurt. Three are in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center as of Sunday night, while another sustained minor injuries.

 

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