Dramatic vehicle fire in Bellevue on I-90

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Photo courtesy WSDOT

Multiple crews were on scene eastbound I-90 near Bellevue Way on the east channel bridge for a vehicle collision and car fire.

The vehicle fire was caused by a ruptured fuel line after a vehicle collision. The air was already saturated with smoke from wildland fires burning in the larger region.

Brief video from Bellevue Fire

While off-duty and commuting to work, Capt. Tom Tull of Eastside Fire and Rescue was first on scene this morning.

Capt. Tull, along with another bystander, was able to break a window to pull an entrapped driver from their burning truck.

Two patients were transported to hospitals, but the extent of their injuries was unknown. Two others involved were uninjured.

All lanes on eastbound Interstate 90 on the East Channel Bridge, between Mercer Island and Bellevue, were closed due to a collision and multiple vehicle fires. This is between the East Mercer Way on-ramp (milepost 8) and the Bellevue Way off-ramp (milepost 9). 

Medical Aid, Fire Assistance, the Washington State Patrol and the Incident Response Team were on scene. As of 7:50am, the backup was approximately four miles long, extending to the eastbound floating bridge between Seattle and Mercer Island. 

The lanes were reopened around 10:30am.


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