Motorists Spend NYE Trapped in Tumbleweeds

It took 10 hours to clear Washington state highway
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 2, 2020 2:20 AM CST
Cars Get Trapped in Pile of Tumbleweeds on Highway
In this image taken Tuesday evening, Dec. 31, 2019, and provided by the Washington State Patrol, a vehicle is trapped by a pile of tumbleweeds along State Route 240 near Richland, Wash.   (Trooper Chris Thorson/Washington State Patrol viaAP)

Some people spent part of their New Year's Eve trapped on a Washington state highway after tumbleweeds blocked their route, authorities said. YakTriNews reported that the Washington State Patrol announced via Twitter at about 6:30pm that State Route 240 was closed in both directions near West Richland. Trooper Sarah Clasen said vehicles were trapped in a pile of tumbleweeds. The state Department of Transportation used snow plows to clear the scene. Trooper Chris Thorson said it took about 10 hours to clear the road, which opened again around 4:30am Wednesday, the AP reports.

Thorson says five cars and one 18-wheel semi truck were trapped in the tumbleweeds. No injuries were reported. He said the massive heap of tumbleweeds was hundreds of yards long and up to 30 feet tall in places. "People were still stuck at midnight and rung in the new year trapped under the weeds,” Thorson said. Thorson said Wednesday that troopers found one abandoned car that was trapped in the tumbleweeds at daylight but no one was inside. (This California neighborhood had an "invasion" of tumbleweeds.)

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