Updated 7:45 a.m.: CLE ELUM—The Washington State Patrol has released the names of the two people killed in a bus crash near Cle Elum Saturday night. Bus passengers Ciro R. Astudillo, 51, of Pasco and Virginia Ocamposoriano, 45, also of Pasco were deceased at the scene.

A Spokane man, Jeffrey R. Irmer, 24, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with a broken right leg. He was the driver of the GMC pickup that was hit by the bus. Two occupants inside the truck were taken to Kittitas Valley Community Hospital as a precaution.

A 29-year-old Renton woman and her 2-year-old daughter who were traveling in a third vehicle involved in the crash suffered minor injuries and were transported to KVCH.

At about 6:25 p.m. the GMC was parked on the right shoulder of eastbound I-90, just west of the bridge over South Cle Elum, when the bus traveling eastbound attempted to change lanes, forcing a Hyundai Elantra off the road. The bus lost control, hit the pickup and turned on its side. The Hyundai rolled into the median.

Irmer was standing outside the pickup when the bus hit it, WSP said.

Elmer V. Schuman, 67, of Pasco was driving the 1992 Motorcoach bus. He was uninjured in the crash. The bus sustained $10,000 in damage and was towed by Willette's Towing.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation, the WSP said.

Eastbound I-90 was opened to traffic at about 2:50 a.m. today.

Updated 9 p.m.: CLE ELUM—Two people are dead and one has been airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after the bus they were traveling in crashed on Interstate 90 near Cle Elum Saturday evening. 

A GMC pick up was parked on the right shoulder of eastbound I-90 near milepost 83 and a bus was traveling in the right lane. A passenger car was traveling in the left lane beside the bus. The driver of the bus attempted to change lanes, overcorrected and hit the truck and started to roll, said Trooper Dave Anderson of the Washington State Patrol. It appeared the bus rolled on top of the bed of the pickup.

The crash happened about 6:25 p.m. Saturday. Two passengers of the bus are confirmed dead and one person was airlifted to Harborview with unknown injuries. Many other people were injured, Anderson said.

It was still unclear how many people were on the bus, Anderson said.

A woman who had been traveling with the bus in a separate vehicle said the passengers were returning from a soccer game on the West Side. The woman also said the two fatalities were a married couple.

Eastbound traffic was stopped and turned back the other direction. A detour through Cle Elum has been set up. The crash is still under investigation and Anderson said it is unclear when the roadway will be reopened.

It is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were involved in the collision.

This story will be updated as information becomes available.

Updated 8:43 p.m.: Two people died and several people were injured in a crash involving a private passenger bus and a truck at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 90 near Cle Elum, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The bus was blocking both lanes of I-90 eastbound at milepost 83 near Cle Elum. Traffic was being detoured at exit 84 through the city of Cle Elum, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The crash is still under investigation, and there are no estimates yet on when the highway will reopen. More details will be posted as they are available.


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