Watch: Tumbleweed Buries Cars And Trucks, Closes Highway For 10 Hours

A Washington state highway was closed in both directions after several cars became trapped in tumbleweed.

The Washington State Patrol announced via Twitter that drivers on State Route 240 near West Richland should use alternate routes.

Trooper C. Thorson referred to the event as "tumblegeddon" and noted the highway was closed for 10 hours.

Tumbleweed forced the highway to close for around 10 hours. Photo: Associated Press

Trooper Sarah Clasen told KAPP-KVEW that vehicles were trapped in a pile of tumbleweeds that stood up to 4.57 metres tall.

The state Department of Transportation used snowplows to clear the scene.



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Thorson says five cars and one 18-wheel semi-truck were trapped in the tumbleweeds.

No injuries were reported.