Semi-truck crashes near Southcenter, catches fire, blocks I-5 for 3 hours


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Washington State Patrol Troopers, along with local fire agencies and the Washington State Department of Transportation responded to a one semi collision on Northbound I-5 just south of the Southcenter exit on Friday morning, July 24.

Officials say that the 36-year old male truck driver – who sustained serious injuries in the crash – may have fallen asleep while driving.

The semi left the roadway on the right side, struck the starting section of guardrail, and continued for approximately 100 feet down into a ravine. It came to rest approximately 40 feet below the surface of the roadway, below an elevated section of the freeway.

The semi then caught fire, which subsequently spread to the surrounding foliage. Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire and rescue the driver using high angle rescue techniques.

The semi and trailer were completely burnt.

Four lanes were blocked for approximately three hours.

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