TACOMA, Wash. – An accident involving a semi-truck blocked northbound I-5 causing huge backups during the Friday morning commute. State troopers shut down the lanes for several hours and diverted traffic off South 38th Street near the Tacoma Mall.
The driver struck several barriers causing the truck to spin sideways, according to troopers. It didn’t overturn, but the truck spilled fuel all over the highway.
Around 5 a.m., tow trucks removed the semi. The main line opened back up around 6:35 a.m.
“Our biggest concern is traffic and getting people flowing here right now,” said WSP Trooper Brooke Bova.
The Department of Ecology was called out because of the fuel on the highway. Trooper Bova said the semi-truck was carrying dog food. The driver was not injured.