All lanes reopened by 12:25 p.m. after a three-hour closure. The truck overturned about 9:15 a.m. while trying to get onto Interstate 5 near Port of Tacoma Road, spilling fuel.
All lanes of Interstate-5 in Fife were closed for several hours Thursday after a semitruck carrying fuel overturned that morning near the Port of Tacoma, the Washington State Patrol says.
The truck overturned about 9:15 a.m. while trying to get onto I-5 near Port of Tacoma Road, spilling fuel, according to The News-Tribune of Tacoma. The southbound lanes were reopened about noon and northbound lanes were opened at 12:20 p.m.
Buildings within a half-mile radius of the wreck were evacuated as a precaution, though there was no fire, according to the Tacoma Fire Department. The driver was not injured, officials said.
A second fuel truck was sent to pump out the remaining fuel from the overturned semitruck, The News Tribune reports. The overturned truck carried about 7,700 gallons of fuel.
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The state Department of Ecology also responded to the scene.