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November 28, 2011 at 6:08 AM

Tanker that spilled fuel righted; I-405 opened

One of two tanks of a semi tanker truck that flipped on northbound I-405 in Bellevue has been righted, and the highway has been opened, according to Bellevue police.

The tanker spilled 3,500 gallons of the 7,000 gallons of fuel it was carrying in its rear tank, and some of the fuel made its way into Lake Washington, police said in a news release.

The accident, which occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday, began when a passenger vehicle being driven too aggressively got on the freeway at Northeast Eighth Street in Bellevue, according to the State Patrol.

The passenger vehicle tried to cross several lanes and went out of control, according to the State Patrol. The vehicle spun out, hit the tanker and forced it into a jersey barrier near the 2800 block of I-405. The tanker driver suffered minor injuries in the crash and was taken to the hospital.

The state State Department of Ecology and Bellevue Utilities were called to deal with the spilled fuel and evaluate the environmental impact.

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