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May 26, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Blame it on the barbecue: cookware collision causes three-mile backup on I-5

Poor Interstate 5: If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

On Sunday morning at about 10:30, a barbecue went sailing off someone’s car, traveling northbound on I-5. A driver at the Ravenna Boulevard exit was going too fast to avoid it safely, swerved, spun out of control and wound up in the far left lane, facing the wrong way, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Two other drivers swerved to avoid that car, and a fourth crashed into the lot of them. Result: two lanes tied up, two people injured (neither seriously) and traffic backed up for about three miles, even though the wreck was cleared within 20 minutes. All of which causes Washington State Patrol Trooper Marcus Sanchez to caution:

“Please slow down, pay attention and look ahead,” Sanchez said. “You never know when traffic is going to come to a sudden stop.”

As for the barbecue, it’s still out there, Sanchez notes, “If anyone wants a new barbecue, it’s by the side of the road.” Slightly worse for wear, no doubt.

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