Washington State Patrol trooper is unhurt after rollover crash near Preston on Interstate 90

December 5, 2011

A state trooper rolled a patrol cruiser on eastbound Interstate 90 early Monday east of Issaquah amid foggy and icy conditions.

The incident occurred at about 3 a.m. as Trooper Casey Myers, 28, neared the end of his shift and hit a patch of black ice. The patrol cruiser veered off the roadway and then rolled into a roadside embankment.

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Snoqualmie Valley residents injured in head-on collision

October 31, 2011

Two Snoqualmie Valley residents were injured early Sunday morning, Oct. 24, when their cars collided head-on on Interstate 90 near Exit 34.

North Bend resident Shelby Smith was driving the wrong direction on I-90, heading westbound in the eastbound lanes in her Nissan XTerra, when she changed lanes and hit a car head-on.

Smith did not have a seat belt on and sustained serious injuries. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she remains in critical condition, according to Trooper Julie Startup, a Washington State Patrol spokeswoman.

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North Bend man walks away after truck lands nose-down in ditch

March 4, 2011

Despite his car landing nose-down in a ditch, a North Bend man walked away from a crash early Friday morning. (By Washington State Patrol)

Despite his car landing nose-down in a ditch, a North Bend man walked away from a crash early Friday morning. (By Washington State Patrol)

A North Bend man lost control of his pickup while driving on state Route 202 just west of Tolt Hill early Friday morning. His truck went off the roadway, landing in a ditch. The truck was standing on its grill, leaning against a tree.

Incredibly, the 59-year-old driver walked away from the crash and refused aid, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The man had no visible injuries, said Trooper Julie Startup, a WSP spokeswoman.

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North Bend woman reshapes her life after near-fatal accident

February 2, 2011

Rachel McNaul, is able to get behind the wheel after a near-fatal 2009 accident. (By Greg Farrar)

Rachel McNaul, is able to get behind the wheel after a near-fatal 2009 accident. (By Greg Farrar)


On Dec. 15, 2009, Rachel McNaul left her home in North Bend headed to Bellevue Honda. Near the Preston exit on Interstate 90, what should have been a 30-minute drive turned into a journey that McNaul is still on. A car driving in the wrong direction slammed head on into her car.

The accident nearly killed the aspiring physical education teacher. McNaul, 24 at the time, suffered 19 broken bones and a traumatic brain injury. The other driver was seriously injured.

One year and 10 surgeries later, McNaul is nearly fully recovered. She still suffers from lingering effects from the accident and is still in physical therapy. But she is determined not to let the accident shape her life.

“Bad choices were made that day on her part,” McNaul said, referring to the other driver, Janet Bumgardner. But “her decisions are not going to get me down.” 

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Children safe after Fall City bus crash

October 21, 2010

NEW — 10:07 a.m. Oct. 21, 2010

No children suffered serious injuries after their school bus collided with a Subaru Impreza in Fall City the afternoon of Oct. 13.

Trooper Christy Martin, of the Washington State Patrol, said the crash occurred at about 3:45 p.m. on state Route 202 near the intersection with Fish Hatchery Road.

Martin said the Subaru pulled out of a driveway without noticing the bus traveling west on 202. The bus hit the car, injuring the Subaru’s driver, an 18-year-old woman, and her younger sibling, a teenage girl.

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One killed, one injured in single car North Bend crash

September 8, 2010

NEW — 6:27 p.m. Sept. 8, 2010

One elderly woman died and an elderly man was injured in a car crash in North Bend early in the afternoon of Sept. 3.

One person died Sept. 3, after a Dodge pickup truck collided with this Audi convertible near the intersection of Bendigo Road and Mount Si Boulevard in North Bend. By Sebastian Moraga


King County Sheriff’s Office Detective Steve Hager said the man was the driver and the woman was a passenger in a gray Audi convertible traveling north on Bendigo Road, just off Interstate 90’s exit 31, at about 12:15 p.m.

When it reached the intersection of Mount Si Boulevard, the Audi made an illegal left turn to enter the Factory Stores Outlet Mall, Hager said. A black Dodge Ram pickup truck traveling south on Bendigo Road hit the convertible, smashing into its passenger door.

The people in the truck, identified only as a young man and a young woman, did not sustain serious injuries. The two people in the car were taken to Harborview Medical Center, where the woman died.

Traffic was jammed for at least an hour on Bendigo Road, as police investigated. Security blocked off one of the exits to the mall, detouring traffic to an exit farther north.

Editorial: Seatbelts: A couple of seconds can save a life

August 18, 2010

Buckling your seatbelt only takes a couple of seconds, but it can mean the difference between life and death, or between a serious injury and a minor scrape.

The importance of using a seatbelt was tragically highlighted when a minivan carrying six men crashed Aug. 6 on Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass. None of the men were wearing seatbelts. All six were thrown from the car. One man died. All five survivors were injured, two critically.

Failure to wear a seatbelt continues to be one of the three highest contributing factors to road deaths, according to Chief John Batiste, of the Washington State Patrol.

Washingtonians use seatbelts at a much higher rate today — 96 percent — than they did even 10 years ago — 81 percent. But there is no excuse for not taking a few seconds to buckle your seatbelt when you get into a vehicle.

Take the time, because you might save your life.

Five hurt, one killed in single-car rollover crash near Snoqualmie Pass

August 10, 2010

UPDATED — 11:28 p.m. Aug. 10, 2010

Speeding contributed to a single-car rollover crash on Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass that killed one person Monday afternoon, according to Washington State Patrol. Five men were injured in the Aug. 9 crash, and the driver, a 47-year-old man, died at the scene, WSP Trooper Christina Martin said.

Two men were flown by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and were in critical condition.

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Mother of Snoqualmie woman injured in car crash hopes witnesses comes forward

January 4, 2010

NEW — 4 p.m. Jan. 4, 2009

KIRO TV reports that the mother of a Snoqualmie woman who nearly died when she tried to avoid a tarp on Interstate 90 hopes witnesses will contact the Washington State Patrol. Read more