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August 27, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Traffic snarled after semi rolls over on I-5 in South Seattle

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The semi is lowered into a ditch along the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in South Seattle. (Seattle Fire Department photo)

Update at 2:48 p.m.: All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 have been reopened, according to state Department of Transportation. All but the HOV lane is open on northbound I-5.

Update at 2:03 p.m.: Two southbound lanes are now open.

Update at 1:13 p.m.: Heavy-duty wreckers were used to lower the semi into a ditch along the southbound lanes in the sloped freeway median. The work resulted in the long-term closures of northbound lanes as well as off-and-on closures of the southbound lanes.

The decision to lower the semi was made because the trailer’s load made it unstable, according to the Washington State Patrol. It’s not clear when the truck will be towed from the scene.

The Seattle Fire Department says four people suffered minor injuries in the crash. They included a 1-year-old child, a 34-year-old woman and a 35-year old man who were in a car  struck by the semi. The semi driver, 39, declined being taken to the hospital, the Seattle Fire Department said.

Original post: Traffic in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in South Seattle is snarled after a semi rolled over near Michigan Street.

The semi may have struck a car, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Chris Webb.

Details are scarce. Webb said the collision occurred around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

“He apparently went across three lanes of traffic. We’re not sure if he hit another car. He went off the embankment and rolled.”

This post will be updated.

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