The Washington State Department of Transportation reopened U.S. 2 west of Leavenworth Tuesday, after falling trees on the roadway caused multiple accidents and closed the route for several days.
Hundreds of trees weighted down by heavy snow and ice have fallen on roads in the area, causing multiple accidents.
A tree fell onto a vehicle on Highway 2 near Rayrock Springs, 15 miles east of Stevens Pass Friday, closing the road for 2-1/2 hours. A Bothell couple died in the crash and four people were injured. On Saturday, a mile further west, a vehicle hit a tree on the highway, injuring four people in the car. The accident closed closed the highway at 6:25 p.m. Saturday.
The DOT says they haven't seen such poor conditions along U.S. 2 in 30 years.
“This series of storms has been remarkable,” said Dan Sarles, WSDOT regional administrator for the North Central Region. “The snow is unusually heavy and wet, snapping and uprooting trees at a rate we haven’t seen in decades.”
About 3,500 customers who live in the area are without power after trees toppled onto power lines.