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Updated 5:25 p.m. Christmas Eve: Deadly trees close US 2 from Stevens Pass to Leavenworth

Two dead, nine injured from trees on highways


December 26, 2012


Trees bending toward the US 2 threaten to fall on the roadway, as four more did last night.


WSDOT issued this statement after 4 p.m. Christmas Eve:

With dozens of snow-laden trees still slumped over the highway, the Washington State Department of Transportation is keeping US Highway 2 closed from Stevens Pass to the west end of Leavenworth.

Skiers can still get to the summit from the west side, but cannot continue east toward Leavenworth. Through traffic must detour via US 97 Blewett Pass and Interstate 90 Snoqualmie Pass.

“At least four more large trees crashed to the roadway overnight, and there is no way to estimate a reopening time,” said WSDOT regional administra...

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