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Wrong-way Puyallup driver dies in crash on Snoqualmie Pass

A Puyallup man died Sunday morning and two others were injured in a crash near Snoqualmie Pass on Interstate 90 that closed the westbound lane of the freeway for five hours.

The 23-year-old Puyallup man was driving the wrong way, heading east in the westbound lanes, just before 4 a.m. near Milepost 53, when the wreck happened, the State Patrol said.

His 2012 Ford Fiesta hit a westbound 1993 GMC Suburban, with a 50-year-old man driving and a 69-year-old female passenger, both from Seattle, troopers said.

The Puyallup man died at the scene, and the pair from Seattle were taken to Harborview Medical Center with injuries.

The 50-year-old was in critical but stable condition in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit on Sunday afternoon, and the 69-year-old was either in the process of being released or had already left, the Harborview nursing supervisor said.

Officials did not immediately release the Puyallup man’s name, pending notification of family.

He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the wreck, investigators said. They couldn’t immediately determine whether the Seattle driver and passenger were wearing theirs.

Troopers said it was not yet known whether drugs or alcohol were involved.

The wreck closed the westbound lanes of I-90, and crews didn’t reopen them until about 9 a.m.