SPOKANE, Wash. -- Dozens of vehicles crashed on Interstate 90 just west of Spokane shortly after a squall dumped heavy snow.
Between 50 and 100 vehicles were involved in the collisions Tuesday, according to Trooper Jeff Sevigney. No life-threatening injuries were reported.
The Washington State Patrol told KXLY that heavy snowfall and icy roads were to blame. Five to six people were taken with non-life-threatening injuries to nearby hospitals.
Sevigney says conditions changed rapidly and when drivers didn’t adjust their speed in time, one crash started a chain reaction.
The freeway was reduced to one lane in each direction, but all lanes reopened at about 5:30 p.m.
The squall hit the West Plains after 1 p.m. The state Department of Transportation said there were multiple spinouts in both directions.
The Associated Press contributed to this report