A semi-truck overturned yesterday morning, spilling liquid nitrogen across I-5, according to news sources.
The freezing chemicals spilled across both lanes of the highway in Bellingham, according to Washington State Patrol. Authorities say that the spill does not pose a lasting threat to the safety of the public.
The accident occurred around 7:45 a.m. on Thursday. The truck was hauling 2,000 gallons of liquid nitrogen, which evaporated on the roadway.
The truck was traveling northbound when it overturned and the tank was punctured. Another truck that was traveling southbound and jackknifed at about the same time contributed to the closing of the freeway lanes. They reopened by 12 p.m. yesterday.
According to Washington State Patrol, the driver of the overturned truck was transported to St. Jospeh hospital to treat a broken arm.
As a auto accident attorney in Federal Way, I’m glad to hear that no serious injuries were reported and that the spill was able to be contained. I’m also happy the safety of the public is not threatened by what could have been dangerous chemicals. As a Bellingham auto accident lawyer, I know that semi-truck crashes on freeways can be very dangerous to surrounding cars. Please practice safe driving on busy roads.