Watermellons Fill I-5 After Crash

A juicy, sweet summertime treat blocked roadways Tuesday morning along Interstate 5 in Birch Bay, Wash., according to news reports. Nearly 20 tons of watermelons fell from the back of a semi-truck after an accident on the freeway.

The incident occurred around 4:30 a.m. when a semi-truck reportedly left the right side of the near exit 266 and tipped over on its right side, according to news reports. Police believe the crash occurred when the 47-year-old driver didn’t follow the curve of I-5, causing him to run into a large ditch.

Thankfully, the driver was not injured in the collision.

However, nearly 41,000 pounds of watermelon from Arizona bound for Canada spilled into the highway. Washington State Department of Transportation employees worked to clear the scene by transferring the wayward watermelons to another semi-truck.

The incident blocked the right lane of that portion of I-5 while workers cleared the scene.

It is unclear why the driver wasn’t able to stay on the roadway. State patrol investigators said they don’t expect drugs or alcohol were factors.

As a Bellingham car accident attorney, I’m glad to hear that the driver or anyone else weren’t hurt in the collision.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, contact a personal injury lawyer in Bellingham.