Traffic

Semi-truck straddles I-5 barrier after wreck that snarls traffic through Tacoma

A semitruck sits across a jersey barrier after a crash on rainslick Interstate 5 in Tacoma on Wednesday evening.
A semitruck sits across a jersey barrier after a crash on rainslick Interstate 5 in Tacoma on Wednesday evening. Courtesy

A semi-truck was left straddling the median of Interstate 5 after wrecking on a rain-slick freeway Wednesday evening, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The wreck happened about 6:30 p.m. near the I-5 exit to 38th Street, State Patrol spokeswoman Johnna Batiste said.

A southbound semi-truck hit the center barrier and shoved it into the northbound lanes, Batiste said. The rig ended up straddling the barrier.

A separate wreck involving a box truck nearby is also causing traffic issues, Batiste said.

Only one lane of the freeway was open in each direction, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

No injuries were immediately reported, Batiste said.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker



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