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Tipped-over semi snarls SR 167 in Puyallup

Overturned truck blocks Rt 167 on ramp off N Meridian

A rolled-over tractor-trailer rig snarled traffic in Puyallup on Thursday afternoon.
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A rolled-over tractor-trailer rig snarled traffic in Puyallup on Thursday afternoon.

A rolled-over tractor-trailer rig snarled traffic in Puyallup on Thursday afternoon.

The semitruck rolled about 1:15 p.m. on the onramp to northbound state Route 167 from North Meridian, Puyallup police spokesman Scott Engle said.

“He simply, apparently could not make the turn,” Engle said. “He was going very slow, but the load shifted on him in the trailer and he tipped over.”

It took three tow trucks to right the semi and its trailer, and the onramp didn’t reopen until about 3:30 p.m.

Traffic backed up for miles on Meridian (state Route 161), according to the Washington state Department of Transportation, and traffic on River Road west of the crash also snarled.

“It’s bad, it’s very bad,” Engle said after the semi rolled. “Traffic is backed up all the way to Oregon right now, it seems.”

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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