“We are ready to serve food, everywhere,” said Thomas Lopez, the owner of taco truck El Tajin, which was stuck on Interstate 5 but opened for lunch anyway.
There’s nothing good about getting stuck in a backup on Interstate 5 after a tanker truck full of propane rolls over.
That is, unless a taco truck opens for business a few cars down at lunchtime.
“I got out and was walking around, and I see this lady walking back to her car with a to-go box,” said Rachael McQuade, of Federal Way, who with her husband got stuck for three hours in the complete closure of I-5 on Monday.
Sure enough, not far away, she found El Tajin had begun serving food in the traffic standstill.
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McQuade said she stood with a line of people and ordered two steak and two chicken tacos for her husband, Mike, who was waiting in the car for his delivery.
“What do you do in a time like that? You got to make the best of it, right?” she said.
The 33-year-old school-bus driver said she missed her doctor’s appointment and will miss her afternoon bus route but wasn’t frustrated.
After authorities turned around the cars stuck on the freeway, she and her husband took the scenic route home through West Seattle, and even got ice cream before heading home.
The taco-truck owner, Thomas Lopez, 41, said by phone Monday that the truck and his three employees were headed to South Lake Union to serve lunch before the tanker crashed.
But the collision didn’t stop them from opening for the hungry masses.
“We are ready to serve food, everywhere,” Lopez said.