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April 10, 2013 at 9:32 PM

I-5 in Federal Way a mess after semi crash spills resin glue

UPDATE: 6 a.m. | The resin was cleaned up by early this morning and while all lanes were open, traffic was still moving slowly through the area. About 20,000 gallons of resin were spilled on the highway, according to the Associated Press.

Original story:

A semi truck that crashed into a disabled minivan, seriously injuring its driver, spilled resin glue across several lanes of Interstate 5 in Federal Way Wednesday night.

Just before 7 p.m., the minivan, driven by a Federal Way woman in her mid-50s, became disabled in a northbound lane of I-5, just north of State Route 18, according to Washington State Patrol Sgt. Dan Atchison. About three minutes later, a semi holding two trailers of resin glue rammed into the minivan.

Atchison said the minivan driver was taken to Harborview Medical Center.

One of two large pouches of the resin burst open, resulting in the closure of four of the six northbound lanes at that stetch of freeway.

Atchison said around 9 p.m. that the cleanup could take hours, and the State Department of Transportation estimated Wednesday night that the spill would keep three lanes closed until at least 3 a.m.

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