Traffic

Southbound I-5 blocked 11 hours, northbound blocked 9 hours after semi crash Monday

A crash that involved five vehicles, including four semi-trucks, shut down traffic in both directions on I-5 in Thurston County on Monday, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The State Patrol said Tuesday the multiple-vehicle collision blocked southbound I-5 for 11 hours and northbound lanes were blocked for nine hours.

But only one person, a 49-year-old Corvallis, Oregon man, was injured. He was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia.

It all began about 1:10 p.m. Monday. A 49-year-old Shelton man was headed north on I-5 near Maytown when troopers say he slowed for traffic.

The Corvallis, Oregon man was behind him. Troopers say he lost control of his semi and crossed all lanes of northbound I-5, hit the barrier and crashed through it into southbound I-5. His vehicle blocked three lanes of oncoming traffic.

A third vehicle, headed south, crashed into the Oregon man’s truck, then hit the barrier.

A fourth vehicle, also headed south, crashed into the Oregon man’s vehicle, too. A fifth vehicle, also headed south, drove off the road and into a ditch, according to the State Patrol.

The multiple-vehicle wreck is under investigation.

The backup on I-5 caused problems elsewhere in the county as drivers sought alternate routes and clogged other roadways, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

A semi-truck crashed into the train trestle on Old Highway 99 near Offut Lake Road Monday night. No one was injured, the Sheriff’s Office said via social media.

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Rolf has worked at The Olympian since August 2005. He covers breaking news, the city of Lacey and business for the paper. Rolf graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1990.
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