Interstate 5 was closed in both directions in Tacoma after a semi truck crashed.
Interstate 5 was closed in both directions in Tacoma after a southbound semitruck crashed early Wednesday, scattering concrete barriers into the northbound lanes and causing a second crash, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The lanes were reopened about four hours after the 3:30 a.m. crash, according to the Washington State Patrol.
There were no serious injuries, Patrol spokeswoman Johnna Batiste said, but the crash resulted in a diesel spill of about 120 gallons.
Drivers were detoured onto connector/distributor streets that run parallel to the freeway.
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A tow company was on the scene by 6 a.m. to tow the semi, and construction crews pushed the barriers back into place, Batiste said. After that, sand was poured on the freeway to soak up the oil because “it makes the road very slick,” she said.
Batiste said the crash occurred in the same quarter-mile stretch as a collision last week that also involved a semitruck.