News sources reported that a pickup truck towing a boat experienced a mechanical failure on Interstate 5 in Vancouver Thursday night resulting in an accident.
According to the Washington State Patrol, the accident was reported at approximately 7:15pm on Interstate 5 near 39th Street in Vancouver. The single-vehicle crash happened as the 46-year-old driver’s 2001 Dodge pickup, with boat in tow, was traveling in the southbound traffic lanes on I-5 when the boat’s trailers experienced an undisclosed mechanical failure. The driver, of Surrey, BC, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the center median barrier of the interstate. The truck and boat came to rest blocking the two inside lanes of southbound I-5, but blocked traffic on both sides of the roadway due to debris spread across the road. Tow trucks arrived on scene to clear the wreck and remove the 28-foot boat. By 8:45pm, Washington State Patrol troopers had reopened all northbound lanes and two of the four southbound lanes.
No injuries were reported as a result of this accident. As the crash was attributed to a mechanical failure, citations are still being investigated.
As a Vancouver 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 as the result of faulty auto equipment, speak with a personal injury lawyer in your area to discuss your legal options.