Drivers trapped by 30ft high piles of tumbleweed

Several people were stuck in their cars as the clocks struck midnight on New Year’s Eve after becoming trapped by piles of tumbleweed up to 20-30ft high (6-9 metres).

A US highway in Washington state had to be closed in both directions at around 6.30pm on New Year’s Eve due to the balls of dry plants blowing in.

Trooper Chris Thorson of Washington state patrol said five cars and one truck had been trapped in the tumbleweeds, in an incident which he dubbed “tumblegeddon”.

The plants were so thick that snow ploughs had to be used to clear the scene.

Snow ploughs were deployed. Pic: Trooper Chris Thorson
Image:Snow ploughs were deployed to clear the tumbleweed. Pic: Trooper Chris Thorson

And it was 10 hours before authorities were able to reopen State Route 240 near West Richland around 4.30am on New Year’s Day.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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