Tumbleweed Bushes Paralyze Traffic on the Highway

Bushes literally buried not only cars but also large trucks.

Tumbleweed is not a separate species but different plants with a similar method of reproduction: after drying, globular bushes break off from a thin root and roll around in the wind, spraying their seeds. Usually, tumbleweed does not do harm to anyone but there was a real invasion of dry bushes on New Year’s Eve in the State of Washington.

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Traffic on SR 240 was paralyzed for 10 hours due to bushes. According to local reports, the tumbleweed blockages reached up to 9 meters in height in some places, completely covering the cars. Dozens of vehicles were trapped, including a large 18-wheeled truck.

About half-past four in the morning, road services still managed to clear the highway. An abandoned car was found under another blockage of bushes on the side of the road – unlike other drivers who were trapped in tumbleweeds, that driver did not want to wait for help and celebrate New Year in the car.

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