30-Foot-High Piles of Tumbleweeds Bury Cars and a Semi-Truck for Hours on Washington Highway (Video and Pictures)

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Piles of tumbleweed strand semi-truck on Washington Highway on December 31 2019. Picture by Trooper Chris Thorson/Washington State Patrol via AP

Last month, a devastating blizzard in Iceland buried horses and houses in meters of snow. A few days later, on December 31, 2019, another strange weather phenomenon struck near Richland, Washington state. But this time, the rescues had nothing to do with wintry weather. Several drivers had to be rescued by snowplows after getting trapped in their vehicles by gigantic 30-foot-high piles of tumbleweeds along State Route 240.

The gigantic piles of tumbleweeds measured up to 30 feet and blocked State Route 240 in both directions on New Year’s Eve, around 6:30 p.m., near West Richland, Wash.

Several cars, including a semi-truck were left stranded by the tumbleweed invasion.

Department of Transportation workers had to make their way through the 20-30 feet high piles of tumbleweeds in the dark as some drivers can still be seen in their vehicles.

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30 feet high piles of tumbleweed blocks highway in Washington State on New Year’s Eve. Picture by Trooper Chris Thorson/Washington State Patrol via AP

One of the first rescue man on site reported that the tumbleweeds were piled between 20 and 30 feet high in some places.

This ‘Tumblegeddon’ is due to strong winds that created a much larger blockage than normal, burying cars that stopped to avoid hitting the tumbleweeds.

Troopers finally found an abandoned car on Wednesday, but no one was inside. They probably went to a party… What do you think?

People were still stuck in those mountains of tumbleweed at midnight and open their bottles of Champagne trapped under the weeds. No injuries were reported, but five cars and one 18-wheel semi-truck were trapped in this weed apocalypse.

Here is another proof of Russian interference! Yep, not too many people know that tumbleweeds are Russian thistle ;-). More headlines on Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. [WSDOT]

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