Semi-truck fire causes huge backup on eastbound I-90

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SEATTLE - All lanes of eastbound I-90 at East Mercer Way were blocked Thursday at approximately 3:30 p.m. following a semi-truck fire.

One lane had reopened by 4:07 p.m., and by 4:20 p.m. and there was a six-mile backup.

The eastbound I-90 express lanes were open.

WSDOT urged drivers to take SR 520 or go around Lake Washington by taking I-5 to I-405 or SR 522.

Washington State Patrol Trooper George Englebright said the fire started as a blown tire and then spread to the truck's trailer. The trailer will have to be cut up and put on a flatbed trailer, he said.

There were no injuries.  

 

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