Driver of overturned I-405 semi distracted, WSP says

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on June 4, 2013 at 7:50 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 4 at 1:00 PM

The Washington State Patrol has cited a semi-truck driver for negligent driving for a crash that blocked the southbound lanes of Interstate 405 at Renton through the Tuesday morning commute.

Trooper Karim Boukabou says the driver, a 29-year-old Olympia man, was distracted somehow.

Three cars also were involved in the crash at 7:13 a.m. Tuesday. All drivers had only minor injuries.

“I didn't realize it was happening until he hit me and I look up and see the semi-truck flipping. It's surreal,” said Alison Pahl. She was sitting in stop-and-go traffic when she saw the semi coming.

After swiping the passenger side of her Pahl’s SUV, the trucker swerved to the right and bounced off the Jersey barrier before flipping.

The patrol says the truck trailer carried 30,000 to 40,000 pounds of bread. The trailer blocked all four southbound lanes. Traffic backed up for at least two miles and some drivers were stuck for over an hour until traffic was detoured to an exit.

Heavy tow truck got the trailer back on its wheels about 9:30 and traffic started moving again about 10 a.m.

Last week, a semi-truck jackknifed on Interstate 5 in downtown Seattle, jamming up the morning commute for thousands of drivers. Troopers said the driver was going too fast for the wet conditions.

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