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Tanker crash closes eastbound I-90 at Cle Elum

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Posted: Monday, February 13, 2012 11:20 am | Updated: 11:24 am, Mon Feb 13, 2012.

CLE ELUM—The driver of a 2008 Kenworth tractor hauling a tanker was not injured when the truck and trailer crashed on Interstate 90 about 5 miles east of Cle Elum early Monday morning.

The crash caused the state Department of Transportation and the Washington State Patrol to close eastbound I-90 at Exit 85 at 11 a.m. Monday to allow tow trucks to recover the wrecked truck and tanker.

Herbert H. Fuller, 50, of Lynnwood, was driving the semi truck eastbound on Interstate 90 when the truck left the roadway, drove into the median and came back onto the roadway as the rear tanker flipped over, dragging the truck off the roadway to the right.

The truck was driven from the scene but the tanker needed a tow, and state crews closed the freeway to facilitate its recovery. The closure is estimated to last up to three hours, according to WSDOT. The eastbound Indian John Hill Rest Area also is closed. A detour route over U.S. Highway 97 to Ellensburg has been established.

The cause of the collision and any charges against Fuller are pending, the WSP said.

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