Montana woman killed in 9 car pile-up on Interstate 90

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 21 at 1:08 PM

RITZVILLE, Wash. -- Washington State Patrol Troopers said a collision involving seven cars and two trucks killed a woman Friday.  Cleanup blocked part of Interstate 90 well into the night.

The wreck happened seven miles east of Ritzville.  Authorities said the pile-up began when a silver Honda being driven by Jean Amidon, 52, hit a tractor trailer which had stopped because of other collisions on the roadway.  Amidon, of Whitefish Montana, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Around 1:00 p.m., WSP had originally reported two people were killed in the wreck but later corrected their report, saying only one person had died.

Authorities said four other people were transported to the hospital with injuries.

WSP said both westbound lanes of I-90 near the Tokio Exit were blocked for hours.  Traffic was being directed around the wreck through a five mile detour.  

The roadway was finally cleared shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday

Investigators blamed the wreck on driving too fast for the conditions.  Charges were pending.

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