Blizzard-like conditions on Snoqualmie Pass last night contributed to an accident that killed a tow truck driver near the summit.
The man, whose identity had not been released at the time of this report, had stopped to assist a truck pulling a snowmobile trailer that had slid off Westbound Interstate 90 around 6 p.m., said Washington State Patrol Trooper Darren Wright.
The tow truck driver had exited his vehicle and was preparing the truck to be pulled back to the road when another car traveling West slid across the freeway lanes and struck him, Wright said.
Wright called the loss devastating, saying law enforcement and tow truck operators work closely with each other during the winter months.
Heavy snow and multiple collisions resulted in the closure of I-90 for several hours in both directions between milepost 34 near North Bend and milepost 106 near Ellensburg Sunday night, as a heavy storm front began to move through the area.