News sources reported that an accident involving a big rig and dump truck on Interstate 5 closed the roadway for several hours during rush hour in Centralia Friday morning.
According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, the accident occurred in the northbound traffic lanes on the Mellen Street overpass at about 6am. A dump truck collided with a big rig, spilling the contents of the big rig onto the freeway, including household cleaning chemicals. As of 7:30am, State Department of Ecology crews had arrived to aid in the cleanup of the spilled chemicals. Crews were pulling the dump truck from the accident, however the big rig remained jammed against the center jersey barrier with a large portion of it’s trailer having been sheared off, exposing the inner contents. By 8:30am, I-5 northbound lanes had been completely shut down at Mellen Street and WSDOT Incident Response crews and Washington State Patrol officers were attempting to reroute traffic. Traffic backed up almost seven miles in the northbound lanes while southbound traffic flowed freely.
The freeway congestion sparked congestion in the surrounding main arterial streets until around 11am. No injuries were reported and no other vehicles involved in this accident.
As an Olympia car accident lawyer, I’m relieved to learn that no one was injured in this potentially deadly accident. If you’ve been injured in an accident that you believe was the direct result of another driver’s negligent actions, it may be in your best interest to speak with a car accident lawyer in your city to learn more about your legal options.