WSP and WSDOT are scrambling to clear the southbound lanes of I-5 near SR-512 near Lakewood after an accident clogged the early evening commute.
Southbound traffic on Interstate 5 was delayed for several hours Friday evening after a semi-truck hauling scrap cars hit a train bridge near Lakewood.
About 3 p.m. a semitruck loaded too high with scrap cars attempted to drive through a train over pass right before the Bridgeway overpass near Lakewood, according to Washington state Department of Transportation.
It took four hours for authorities to coordinate the removal of the semitruck. The furthest right lane on I-5 didn’t open until 7 p.m.
Two scrap trucks at the back of the trailer collided with the overpass while another scrap truck was tossed off the semi-truck, according to authorities. No injuries were reported.
Washington State Patrol had to figure out how to tow it under the overpass, a situation they called “tricky.”
“It’s precarious because we need to deal with the cars on the car hauler [first],” said WSP Trooper Johnna Batiste.
The furthest right lane was closed until they could safely remove the cars from the semitruck.
WSP and WSDOT didn’t know when the collision would be completely cleared, but urged commuters to be prepared for heavy traffic, until it cleared later that evening around 7 p.m.