RICHLAND, WA (KCPQ) -- An eastern Washington highway was closed for hours on New Year's Eve after being covered by tumbleweeds.
#tumblegeddon After 10 hours of SR 240 being closed last night on New Year’s Eve, it was opened around 0430 thanks to @WSDOT_East We still have one abandon car trapped in the tumbleweeds that was found at daylight, luckily no one was in it. pic.twitter.com/df7XbnqafE— Trooper C. Thorson (@wspd3pio) January 1, 2020
According to the Washington State Patrol, SR 240 was closed late Tuesday until around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Troopers told KVEW that at least ten cars were buried under the brush, but no injuries were reported.
Up to 20-30 feet of tumbleweeds buried the highway in places.
Troopers said windy conditions caused the tumbleweeds to pile up causing a much larger blockage than normally seen.
Here are a couple pictures we just received from the crew that was out last night. As you can see, there is a semi truck buried out there and the tumbleweeds almost swallow the snowplow trucks. Amazing images from an unusual job. pic.twitter.com/GbEYUNcPEg
— WSDOT East (@WSDOT_East) January 2, 2020