Icy roadways and fog spawned dozens of crashes, rollover and spinouts Wednesday morning in multiple locations around the Puget Sound area, officials reported.
The hardest-hit areas appeared to be along Interstate 5 near Ferndale in Whatcom County and Interstate 90 near North Bend.
Here is a roundup of the danger areas, as reported by local police and the Washington State Patrol:
- In the Ferndale area, southbound Interstate 5 was closed temporarily early Wednesday to clear several collisions off the roadway, creating a lengthy backup. State troopers said the cause of the crashes were motorists driving too fast for slick conditions in the area.
- Interstate 90 was the scene of about 10 to 12 crashes early Wednesday near the Highway 18 interchange west of North Bend. The accidents closed all westbound lanes for a time. As of 7:40 a.m., only one lane remained blocked. One driver sustained a possible spinal injury in the series of crashes. All vehicles left the roadway in the same location, striking one another and several trees.
- The State Patrol also reported numerous crashes on highways in Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties.
- Icy roads and spinouts also were reported in the Edmonds area.