Topic: Highway 2
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October 19, 2013 at 11:24 PM
The driver of a Mercedes sedan was killed, and a pregnant passenger hurt, in a head-on crash Saturday, as the driver tried to pass another vehicle on Highway 2.
The crash happened just east of Index, on the way to Stevens Pass. The car was in a no-passing zone and traveling erratically just before the wreck, said Trooper Mark Francis of the Washington State Patrol. It ran head-on into a large pickup that was going west. The pregnant woman and the pickup driver were taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett – Colby Campus, and two pickup passengers were transferred from a Monroe hospital to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, troopers said.
December 26, 2012 at 11:04 PM
A woman riding a bicycle across Highway 2 in Monroe was struck by a pickup and killed Wednesday night, according to Monroe Police.
The woman, who was not wearing a helmet, was bicycling across the highway at Old Owen Road about about 7:37 p.m. when she was struck by a light-colored pickup.
Witnesses told Monroe police that the truck had been stopped and was revving its engine behind another vehicle at the intersection before it drove around that vehicle and hit her. It’s not clear whether the light was red or green, according to police spokeswoman Debbie Willis.
She was thrown from her red bike into the path of two vehicles that also struck her, and suffered severe head trauma. Medics took her to Valley General Hospital in Monroe, where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
The drivers of the two passing vehicles that hit her stopped at the scene, said Trooper Mark Francis. Witnesses told troopers and police the pickup that hit her may have been blue and white.
Anyone with information about the pickup involved in the accident can report it by calling 911, the Monroe Police Department at 360-794-6300 or the department’s anonymous tip line at 360-863-4600.
December 25, 2012 at 7:56 PM
Two adult children and the son-in-law of the couple killed on Highway 2 near Leavenworth Friday remained at Harborview Medical Center Tuesday, all in serious but stable condition.
Three children of Bothell residents Timothy Owen and Cheryl Janine Reed were passengers in the Chevrolet Suburban driven by Owen when it was struck by a falling tree.
Jessica Owen, Jaime Owen Mayer and her husband, Steven Mayer, were transferred Saturday to Harborview from Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. Their son, Jeremy Owen, was treated at Central Washington Hospital and released.
The accident was the first of two that in total left two dead and nine injured. The pass, closed by officials on Saturday, was reopened Tuesday afternoon.
December 25, 2012 at 5:05 PM
The Associated Press
State transportation officials who feared Highway 2 would remain closed between Leavenworth and Stevens Pass announced the passage had reopened late Tuesday.
The 35-mile stretch of highway was closed Saturday after accidents involving downed trees left a Bothell couple dead and several people injured.
At about 3:15 p.m. on Christmas, state transportation officials announced the highway was reopened to traffic.
The highway is one of two primary east-west routes through the mountains usually open during the winter.
About 7,000 to 10,000 drivers cross Stevens Pass on a typical holiday and for much of Christmas, they had to cross the mountains on Snoqualmie and Blewett passes this year.
The Stevens Pass trees bent under snow that fell a week ago. The trees toppled because the ground wasn’t frozen solid enough yet to stabilize the trees under the heavy load, said state Department of Transportation spokesman Jeff Adamson.
The DOT’s maintenance supervisor for Stevens Pass has been working in that area for 30 years and had never seen conditions like he saw before the road reopened, he said.
On Sunday, the transportation department said dozens of trees that had been slumped over the roadway since Saturday had straightened after shedding the excess snow on their branches. They were no longer a threat.
The National Weather Service in Spokane has forecast low temperatures in the teens and 20s through next weekend for the Lake Wenatchee area. But more snow is also predicted, with a 30 percent chance Wednesday.
December 25, 2012 at 9:42 AM
Good morning. And to those of you celebrating today, Merry Christmas.
Weather: Well, not frightful, but certainly wet and brooding. Rain and in the 40s today in the Seattle area. Touches of snow this morning to the southwest and east, but that will become rain soon enough.
Highway 2 closure: The stretch from Stevens Pass east to Leavenworth remains closed until further notice. Snow-laden trees have been toppling onto the roadway, and others are leaning perilously. Downed trees have killed two people and injured nine since Friday, in a pair of crashes about 15 miles east of the pass. If the hazardous tree conditions persist, WSDOT says they’ll try using a helicopter to blow snow from the trees on Wednesday.
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December 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM
Highway 2 is still closed from Stevens Pass to Leavenworth. Traffic can still reach the summit from the west, but drivers trying to go east of that will have to use alternate routes such as US 97 Blewett Pass to I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Traction tires are still advised for open areas of the highway, which are still expected to be icy.
Dozens of snow-laden trees are still leaning over the highway and a Christmas Day snowstorm is expected to weigh even more trees down with as much as eight more inches of snow, according to WSDOT. Downed trees have killed two people and injured nine since Friday, in a pair of crashes about 15 miles east of the pass.
“At least four more large trees crashed to the roadway overnight, and there is no way to estimate a reopening time,” said WSDOT regional administrator Dan Sarles in a statement. “Given what has happened at the pass, this is the right decision to make for the safety of drivers and our workers.”
If the hazardous tree conditions persist, WSDOT says they’ll try using a helicopter to blow snow from the trees on Wednesday.
Conditions at Snoqualmie Pass are good today. Crews will be doing their best to keep Snoqualmie Pass clear while as much as 10 inches of snow falls there Christmas Day.
To check for updates on mountain pass conditions, check WSDOT’s website.
December 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM
[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.
June 5, 2012 at 2:09 PM
UPDATE AT 5:10 P.M.: State Patrol Trooper Keith Leary says the man climbed down from the guardrail voluntarily. He has been taken into custody and will be booked into Snohomish County Jail. Leary said he does not know what criminal charges the man will face. The westbound lanes will be reopened.
ORIGINAL POST: Westbound traffic on the Hewitt Avenue Trestle (Highway 2) in Everett has been blocked because a man has climbed onto the guardrail, the State Patrol says.
State Patrol spokesman Trooper Keith Leary said negotiators are talking to the man, but police still “don’t know what his intentions are.”
Leary said the man ran and then climbed onto the guardrail when police first attempted to talk to him around 1:30 p.m. At 3 p.m. the man, was perched on a at the center of the bridge, Leary said.
Leary said that traffic on Interstate 5 has not been affected. Neither has traffic in the eastbound lanes of Highway 2. However, the westbound lanes of Highway 2 at Highway 204 are closed and people wishing to head south on Interstate 5 are advised to take Highway 9 instead, Leary said.
December 27, 2011 at 8:44 AM
A suspected drunken driver drove onto a pedestrian walkway Monday night in Everett, killing a 47-year-old man who was walking with a friend, according to the State Patrol.
The 24-year-old driver was heading east on Highway 2′s Hewitt Avenue Trestle when he drove onto a shoulder and crossed onto a raised median. The Everett man then drove into a brushy area, barely missed several Department of Transportation signs and drove his 1994 Nissan Stanza on a pedestrian walkway for about a half-mile, said Trooper Keith Leary.
Darren Streeter, who has homes in Chehalis and the Everett area, was struck and killed, according to the State Patrol. A 55-year-old woman, identified by troopers as Theresa Dubs, was not hurt, Leary said.There is not points to locate on the map
The two friends had run out of gas and were walking back to Ebey Island, where one of them had a home, Leary said.
After striking the pedestrians, the Everett man struck a wall head-on. He suffered serious leg injuries and was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, Leary said.
While authorities are still awaiting the results of a blood-alcohol test, investigators said he smelled of alcohol and marijuana. Troopers found marijuana and a marijuana pipe in the man’s car, Leary said.
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