I-90 SEMI FIRE
Updated: Mar 1, 2019
Interstate 90 was closed Saturday afternoon causing a 3-mile back up in Moses Lake. The wreck happened just before exit 176 between Mae Valley and Moses Lake. Washington State Patrol said 26-year old driver Matthew Pabon of Surrey, British Columbia was distracted while driving when he drifted off the eastbound lane of the freeway and struck the guardrail then the concrete barrier causing the rear axel of the semi and two axles from the trailer to be ripped off. WSP said the semi and it's trailer continued to skid across the road causing it to jackknife sparking the fire. Westbound and Eastbound lanes including exit 176 Eastbound were closed for two and a half hours. Westbound was then restricted to the right lane. once traffic was released on the left eastbound lane WSP, and MLPD let vehicles go in sections. No other vehicles were involved in the incident and no one was injured. WSP said the semi driver was distracted by an electronic devise but could not tell if it was a cell phone. The semi was carrying produce, and the fire caused debris to fall into the lake and both shores of the lake in Mae Valley and Moses Lake.