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Doubled de-icer caused Seattle bridge crashes

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SEATTLE — Overzealous application of de-icer was to blame for a series of crashes on the West Seattle Bridge on Dec. 2, officials said in a report to the Seattle City Council Tuesday.

But it wasn’t only that the city applied de-icer while the temperature was a balmy 43 degrees. A worker also put on twice as much as was necessary, creating man-made slippery conditions that caused as much a mess as ice might have.

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