Tumbleweeds Trap Commuters on Washington Highway


Photo: Twitter/Trooper C. Thorson
Photo: Twitter/Trooper C. Thorson

Several motorists were trapped on a highway in Washington state on New Year's Eve. The reason was due to tumbleweeds.


Strong winds sent several tumbleweeds onto the highway.


In some areas, the tumbleweeds were over 9 metres high.


Several vehicles became stuck.


The road was closed for about 10 hours while crews worked to clear the highway.


A tumbleweed is a structural part of the above-ground anatomy of several species of plants, a diaspore that, once it is mature and dry, detaches from its root or stem, and rolls due to the force of the wind.