The northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Everett were blocked for more than an hour by an overturned semitruck Friday, according to the State...

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Accident blocks

I-5 over an hour

The northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Everett were blocked for more than an hour by an overturned semitruck Friday, according to the State Patrol.

The accident happened around 10:41 a.m. when an SUV traveling on I-5 near 41st Street hit some slush and lost control. The SUV crossed in front of the truck, causing the truck to overturn.

Both drivers suffered minor injuries, the State Patrol said.

The truck was pulling a cargo container loaded with 40,000 pounds of ceramic tiles. It also spilled between 150 to 175 gallons of diesel fuel.

Nome, Alaska

Icebreaker ready

to lead tanker out

A Coast Guard cutter is breaking ice and preparing for the departure of a Russian fuel tanker from Nome.

Coast Guard spokesman David Mosley says the Coast Guard Cutter Healy has started to free itself and then will create a pathway for the fuel tanker.

The plan is for the icebreaker to lead the fuel tanker back through hundreds of miles of sea ice and to open ocean where the tanker will head for Russia. The Healy then will head for its home port in Seattle after a brief stop in Dutch Harbor.

The icebreaker helped get the tanker to Nome where it delivered an estimated 1.3 million gallons of fuel needed by the city until a barge delivery can be made in late spring.


Schools won’t

take Friday off

Seattle Public Schools students got a snow break, but now at least one day is being taken back: Classes will be held next Friday, Jan. 27, to make up for one of the school days canceled because of snow.

Originally, the day was scheduled as a day off so staff could work on professional development.

The district said it would have a determination next week about making up the other two snow days, which would likely come at the end of the school year. The staff professional-development day will be rescheduled, the district said.

“It is important to get our students back in the classroom next week,” said Dr. Susan Enfield, interim superintendent. “We know some families may have made out-of-town plans for next Friday, and we apologize for any inconvenience this causes.”


Charges possible

after Patrol car hit

The State Patrol says a truck driver will likely be charged with driving too fast for conditions for plowing into a State Patrol car near Snoqualmie Pass at Easton.

The trooper was out of his car at the time Thursday enforcing chain-up requirements.

Five more trucks were unable to stop and collided with the other vehicles.

The Daily Record of Ellensburg reports ( three truck drivers were taken to Kittitas Valley Community Hospital with nonlife threatening injuries.

Two of the trucks were hauling hazardous materials, including an explosive and a corrosive. Nothing leaked, but it complicated the accident, which tied up traffic for nearly eight hours.


Center is getting

green renovation

The Emerald City’s convention center is going green.

The Washington State Convention Center is undergoing a two-year, $20 million renovation utilizing sustainable materials, according to a news release from the convention center.

The master plan for the redo of the center, which opened in 1988, “begins with upgrades to finishes while future work will update ceilings, lighting, public spaces and the facility’s exterior campus,” the release says.

Work on the exhibit halls, meeting rooms, ballrooms and pre-function spaces is finished, the release says.

Restrooms will be renovated with new tile, countertops and energy-efficient plumbing fixtures.

When finished, the convention-center décor will “complement design elements” of the adjoining Conference Center,” which opened in 2010, the release said.


Meeting to discuss

library services

The last citywide meeting on improving library services will be 2-4 p.m. next Saturday, at the Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E. (206-684-7539), the Seattle Public Library says.

Focus of the meeting will be on the collection of books and other materials, operating hours, computers and online services, and building maintenance.

For more information, go to and select the blue box that says, “Libraries for All.”


Urgent need

for blood donors

There’s an urgent need for blood and platelet donors, says the Puget Sound Blood Center.

“Snow and icy road conditions this entire week have caused cancellation of almost all blood drives and a drastic reduction in donor visits to regional blood centers. Total loss of donations has reached over 2,200 units,” the blood center says.

To maintain its blood supply, the center says, takes about 900 donors a day.

“But Wednesday and Thursday fewer than 150 donors were able to give each day,” according to a media release.

There is a particular need for O-negative blood, which can be used for patients of any blood type, said James AuBuchon, president and CEO of the blood center.

For blood-center locations and times to donate: To schedule an appointment: 800-398-7888.

Appointments are best, but walk-ins are welcome, too, the release says.

Federal Way

Apartment fire

leaves one dead

A 60-year-old man was found dead Friday at his Federal Way apartment where a fire was smoldering.

Neighbors had called a South King Fire & Rescue crew about 1 a.m.

The News Tribune reports ( the fire had been smoldering for a while. The man lived alone.

Fire and smoke damage was limited to one apartment.

Times staff and news services