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Incident Overview

On the afternoon of November 14, 2023, a bus carrying 17 passengers caught fire on westbound Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington. The incident, which occurred approximately 6 miles west of the pass, led to a partial closure of the highway. The right two lanes were blocked, but traffic was able to pass in the left lane. Fortunately, all passengers were able to exit the bus safely along with their luggage, and there were no reported injuries. The fire was brought under control by 2:10 p.m., and one lane was reopened to traffic at 2:25 p.m.​​​​.

Passenger Safety and Response

The prompt and effective response of the authorities and the bus crew played a crucial role in ensuring passenger safety. Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson confirmed that all 17 passengers were rescued from the bus without any injuries, and their luggage was also safely retrieved. The cause of the fire is still unknown, but the incident is under investigation. The quick containment of the fire and the orderly evacuation of the passengers highlight the importance of emergency preparedness in such situations​​​​.

Traffic Impact

The fire caused significant disruption to traffic along westbound I-90. The closure of two lanes resulted in slowed traffic flow, although one lane remained open for vehicles. The efficient management of the situation by the authorities ensured that the traffic impact was minimized, and normal traffic flow was restored relatively quickly once the fire was under control​​​​.


This incident serves as a reminder of the unpredictability of road travel and the importance of emergency response readiness. The safe evacuation of all passengers without any injuries is a testament to the effective safety protocols in place. The Washington State Patrol and other responding agencies’ management of the situation minimized potential harm and traffic disruption, showcasing their commitment to public safety and efficient crisis management. Investigations are ongoing to determine the cause of the fire and to prevent similar incidents in the future.

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