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Washington state motorists trapped by tumbleweed storm

by Samantha Gobba
Posted 1/03/20, 11:40 am

A tumbleweed or two might bring a sense of nostalgia for the Wild West, but thick drifts of them along a Washington state highway became a hazard on New Year’s Eve. Piles rising up to 30 feet of the seed-dropping plant trapped vehicles, including a tractor-trailer, along State Route 240.

What did stranded motorists do? Calls to 911 began around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, but rescuers couldn’t reach some people until midnight. To pass the time, some took to social media using the hashtag #tumblegeddon. Authorities closed the road for 10 hours as workers used snowplows to clear the brush.

Dig deeper: Read about a tumbleweed pileup in 1989 that buried entire houses in South Dakota.


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Samantha Gobba

Samantha reports on the pro-life movement for WORLD Digital.

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