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Dump truck rollover sets I-5 ablaze, closes all lanes during morning commute

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SEATTLE — A dump truck rolled over on southbound Interstate 5 just south of I-90 around 8:30 a.m. Monday morning, setting a lane on fire and spilling gravel across the interstate.

According to the Washington State Patrol, a dump truck filled with gravel tried to avoid a swerving Volvo and flipped onto its side. The dump truck crashed and a gasoline trail caught on fire.

The dump truck’s driver was taken to Harborview Medical Center with a broken arm and other minor injuries.

Flames were seen on SB I-5 near Judkins Street just after the accident. Al lanes of SB I-5 at I-90 were blocked at 8:37. a.m., and one lane reopened around 9:15 a.m. The accident caused heavy backup for miles, and there was no estimated time for the interstate’s opening.

Traffic investigators were on the scene researching the crash.

Brett C. May 12, 201410:10 AM

We’re going to end the live blog now, as it looks like WSDOT is close to reopening the highway. Follow the Washington State’s DOT Twitter page for more updates. 

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According to Kelly O’Connell who is on the scene, this is what happened:

A Volvo tried to switch lanes, and the truck driver didn’t want to hit a motorcyclist. He rolled his truck and burst into flames. Driver was taken to Harborview Medical Center with a broken arm.

The fire is out but traffic is still blocked.

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Adam Gehrke says an estimated time for I-5 reopening is still unknown. Again, use alternative routes! 

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We are hearing that the fire is now out. Some of the spilled gas did make it down a storm drain, officials said. 

Travis Mayfield May 12, 20148:41 AM
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Want to watch the fire’s progress and stay with traffic updates? Watch the WSDOT’s live came here –http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/Seattle/default.aspx?cam=1027#cam

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