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Semi carrying dog food leaked 100 gallons of fuel on I-5 in Tacoma

A semitrailer drove into barriers at a construction zone on Interstate 5 in Tacoma early Friday, shutting down all northbound lanes after it overturned and leaked more than 100 gallons of fuel, according to the State Patrol.
A semitrailer drove into barriers at a construction zone on Interstate 5 in Tacoma early Friday, shutting down all northbound lanes after it overturned and leaked more than 100 gallons of fuel, according to the State Patrol. Courtesy

A semitrailer drove into barriers at a construction zone on Interstate 5 in Tacoma early Friday, overturning and leaking more than 100 gallons of fuel, according to the State Patrol.

The crash occurred about 4 a.m. at South 38th Street and shut down all northbound lanes.

Crews were able to move the truck upright about 5:30 a.m. and tow it from the scene, but lanes remained closed while officials from the state Department of Ecology cleaned up the spill.

Drivers were advised to avoid the area.

Just before 7 a.m., all lanes reopened and traffic was moving. Backups extended about three miles, according to the state Department of Transportation.

There were no injuries. The truck was carrying dog food, trooper Brooke Bova said.

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