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Semi drives through road closure sign on White Pass, gets stuck in the snow

WSDOT said road crews had to rescue the occupants of the semi-truck and guide them down behind a snowblower.
Credit: WSDOT

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) took to Twitter to remind drivers that road closures apply to all drivers after a semi-truck drove through a road closure sign on White Pass on Thursday night.

WSDOT said road crews had to rescue the occupants of the semi-truck and guide them down behind a snowblower.

"Road Closed signs apply to everyone. This is why," WSDOT wrote in a tweet. "This semi went through the road closure on White Pass Thursday night and got stuck. Our crews had to rescue the occupants then today guide them down behind our snow blower. So. ...please don't." 

Heavy snow caused Snoqualmie, Stevens, Blewett and White passes to close due to hazardous driving conditions. WSDOT said the passes were expected to be closed through Sunday.

A 20-mile stretch of Interstate 5 in Lewis County closed for several hours due to flooding Friday morning before reopening to traffic around 12:45 p.m.

Because the passes are expected to be closed through the weekend, WSDOT wants to remind drivers to use caution on the roads and to ensure they heed the warning signs on the roads.