OSO, Wash. — There was another major milestone Saturday in the recovery for the community of Oso — a ceremony marking the reopening of State Route 530 to full speed traffic and the planting of trees for each landslide victim six months after the slide destroyed the highway and killed 43 people.
The ceremony began with a moment of silence on the road itself, which was closed to traffic for 4 1/2 hours while families mourned. Afterward John Hadaway couldn’t help but break the silence to tell us about his brother’s tree. Steve Hadaway was installing a satellite dish in a home off SR 530 when the hill collapsed in Oso. Steve Hadaway was found two months later — to the day.