September 16, 2009

Alleged Hit and Run Driver Hits Bus, 5 Injured

An alleged hit and run driver, fleeing the scene of one accident, slammed head-on into a Clallam County transit bus. The bus then hit another car. Five people are recovering from injuries suffered when the collision occurred.

The accident took place just before 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, on US Highway 101 near State Route112, west of Port Angeles. According to the Washington State Patrol, a 30-year-old man from California who was driving a pickup truck with a camper shell, had allegedly side swiped an SUV on Euclid Avenue near State Route 117 in Port Angeles and was fleeing that scene.

"The pickup truck that had a camper in its' bed was involved in a minor hit and run collision about a mile and a half, two miles back," said Trooper John Ryan. "The pickup truck continued westbound on 101 eventually crossing over the center line here where it hit head-on with a Clallam County Transit bus."

A small car was pushed off the road after the bus was forced to the right. Both the small car and the bus ended up in a ditch. The California man’s pickup truck rolled over, trapping him inside. The 30-year-old suffered a serious leg injury and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after being removed from the wreckage.

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September 9, 2009

Truck's Brakes Give Out on Seattle Street

A runaway dump truck hauling shards of broken concrete took motorists traveling down Madison Street, including the truck’s driver, by surprise when it crashed into a strip mall. However, the incident could have resulted in serious injury to a large number of people had the truck driver not intentionally crashed into a nearby building, thus bringing his vehicle to a halt and avoiding further reckless travel down the street. The truck did hit three cars in the process though, only one of which included a motorist that required medical attention. The dump truck driver was not injured.

According to the seattletimes.nwsource.com report, one man whose driver’s side of his car was clipped by the truck said that he saw the truck coming toward him at a high speed when he looked in his rear-view mirror. The man stated, “I could have been killed…it was unbelievable.”

Trucks serve multiple purposes and are required to dispose of waste and also transport commodities that our communities rely heavily on. Although we need trucks of all kinds to function on a daily basis, due to their great size and heavy loads, trucks can pose many dangers and hazards to other drivers on the road. Truck maintenance requires acute attention and, although it is not known at this time why the truck’s brakes failed in the above incident, defective auto parts are capable of causing serious truck accidents in Seattle that can result in catastrophic injuries.

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September 2, 2009

Accident on Washington State Highway 2 Leaves Woman Injured

Early Thursday morning, a Ferndale woman was left in critical condition after a pickup truck struck her on Highway 2 near Gold Bar. The woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The 49-year-old woman was taken to Harborview by ambulance after suffering leg and chest injuries in the accident, said Trooper Keith Leary of the Washington State Patrol.

At about 4:40 am, the woman was crossing an eastbound lane of traffic west of Gold Bar near the highway’s intersection with Reiter Road. The truck, driven by a 19-year-old Sedro-Woolley man, struck her near the highway’s centerline, said Leary.

According to Leary, the man saw the woman and braked hard to avoid striking her, but she continued walking in front of the truck. Troopers believe the pedestrian may have been drinking alcohol before she was struck, as she had a strong odor of intoxicants on her breath, Leary said.

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July 21, 2009

Washington Rush Hour Crash on I-90 Bridge Caused by Unsecured Load

According to the Washington State Patrol, an unsecured load caused a chain reaction crash on the Interstate 90 floating bridge across Lake Washington. The crash delayed Monday evening commuter traffic for hours.

Two westbound lanes were blocked for nearly 2 1/2 hours by the auto accident in Washington. The collision involved five vehicles and a tractor-trailer rig, said a local Trooper.

The Trooper also said that the problem started when a car swerved to avoid a bucket on the freeway. This accident demonstrates how important it is to secure any and all items being transported in a truck or on a vehicle roof to ensure that roads and highways aren't obstructed.

Though none appeared to have serious injuries, six people were taken to Harborview Medical Center.

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July 8, 2009

Unsafe Driving Around Commercial Trucks Targeted by Washington State Patrol

The Washington State Patrol reports that between 2005 and 2007, there were almost 5000 commercial truck accidents in Washington alone. These accidents involved drivers of cars who drive unsafely around large commercial trucks. In two-thirds of the accidents, statistics show that the driver of the car was at-fault. These accidents resulted in 175 fatalities and 450 injuries. According to the Patrol, drivers need to leave space for trucks and learn ways to share the road.

John R. Batiste, chief of the Washington State Patrol, says, “Motorists who drive recklessly, or are unsafe around these big rigs, are asking for trouble. When a car and a commercial vehicle are involved in a collision, the car will lose.”

Given these statistics, the Patrol has a worked with other law enforcement agencies to create the Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Truck (TACT) project. In an effort to reduce accidents, the Washington State Patrol is trying to increase the public's awareness of unsafe driving behaviors around commercial vehicles. These dangerous driving behaviors include:

  • cutting off trucks

  • tailgating

  • failure to yield the right of way

  • speeding

  • aggressive driving

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May 28, 2009

Washington Car Hit by Truck’s Fallen Load

The website komonews.com reported in a story on April 20, 2009 that Chrissy Gombos of Kirkland called the authorities to report a near death experience in Skagit County, Washington. Gombos claims that a piece of debris came off the back of a truck on Interstate 5 which thankfully struck her cars’ under carriage and not the windshield.


Gombos said, “All of the sudden, out of nowhere within a split second, I saw a large chunk of something that didn't really have a shape come off a generic delivery truck in front of us.”

It is still unclear what struck Gombos’ Ford Focus but it was rocked as if it had hit a bomb. The debris punctured the gas tank, and bent a front axle. She believes that the driver of the truck never knew what happened and kept driving.

Gombos said, “The noise was so loud, Wendy, my passenger who was knitting, thought we had hit a car.”

Truck driver’s are responsible for their loads and if they fail to secure them and a load causes injury or death they can potentially face jail time and a $5,000 fine. Additional charges can be filed if the unsecured debris causes property damage.

The most common causes of Seattle truck accidents are unsafe driving, driver fatigue, oversized loads and mechanical negligence.

Whether you were involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler, a truck hauling hazardous waste, a commercial truck, or a pickup truck, the Bernard Law Group can help. The Bernard Law Group has significant Washington State trucking law experience. We have experience in filing Seattle trucking lawsuits and have recovered significant damages from truck accidents. Our experienced Seattle personal injury attorneys handle almost every trucking accident case on a contingent basis, meaning that they only get paid if they win your case. Please call 1-800-418-8282 for a free consultation.

May 27, 2009

Everett Teen Killed on I-5: Family Warns Others

The website king5.com reported in an article on April 14, 2009 that the family of fifteen year old Haley Salvador wants to alert people, especially teens, not to cross Interstate 5. According to reports, Salvador had taken the shortcut countless times but the last time would prove to be a deadly one.

Niky Griffin and Daniel Leatherman accompanied their good friend Salvador the night of the dreadful pedestrian accident in Washington. They say that they went across the first time safely but on the way back Salvador took the wrong shortcut and actually cut across I-5 instead of going up the on ramp.

Griffin said, “You have to make sure cars aren't going too fast that they could hit you. She didn't go up the onramp. She went down it and across the freeway, which she wasn't supposed to do. I don't know why she went that way.”

Salvador is not the first to cross the I-5 at this juncture and will most likely not be the last. According to teens, the shortcut lessens their trip to Everett Mall by 20 minutes. With no pedestrian bridge, the shortcut entices teens to the point that they overlook their safety in order to avoid taking the long way.

Daniel Letherman said, “I live right across the freeway... and this is the fastest way unless you go all the way around. There's no other way to get to the mall.”

Brandon Lee, Washington State Patrol said, “Running across four to five lanes, on-off ramps, it's just not safe, especially at night, it's really deceiving how fast people are going”.

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May 26, 2009

Seattle Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settled by Family of Cyclist

The website seattletimes.com reported in an article on April 28, 2009 that the family of Bryce Lewis, 19 who was killed when a dump truck struck the bike she was riding, has settled out of court. The family attorney stated that parents Marc and Laura Paolicelli of Colorado, agreed to an unrevealed sum of money from Nelson & Sons Construction of Woodinville.

According to Police Reports, Lewis and friend Caleb Hall were riding in a bike lane on Eastlake Avenue East near the University Bridge in 2007 when a dump truck owned by Nelson & Sons and driven by David McClane made a right turn without warning the riders. Apparently unaware he had hit anything, McClane kept driving for a short period before stopping.

Months after the tragic bike accident in Washington, a large group of bicyclists carried out a wheeled demonstration along the streets of Seattle in memory of Lewis and to call on city officials to take more actions to ensure bike safety, particularly in the Eastlake neighborhood.

Christensen said, “Nelson & Sons stepped forward and did the right thing and the family was satisfied by their gestures.”

Accidents involving trucks account for over 130,000 injuries in the United States. There are 5,000 deaths each year and close to 35% of the injuries are catastrophic. Trucks over 10,000 pounds (semis and tractor-trailer) represent only 3% of all registered vehicles but are responsible for over 25% of vehicle related deaths.

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February 11, 2009

Snohomish County Reaches $300,000 Settlement With Injured Bicyclist

A report states that a $300,000 settlement was reached between Snohomish County and a bicyclist injured in a traffic accident that occurred three years ago. The Washington trucking accident involved a 31-year old man and a public-works employee who hit the bicyclist with his public utility truck.

The accident left the man with two broken elbows. He was subsequently unable to continue his job at a lumber yard and is looking to train for another form of employment.

At Bernard Law Group, we handle personal injury lawsuits that are the results of auto accidents in Washington State every day.

If you are seriously injured in an accident, or someone you know is injured or possibly even killed, call the skilled Washington auto accident attorneys at Bernard Law Group at 1-800-418-8282. We can help you immediately. All e-mail and form submissions will be responded to by a qualified and knowledgeable member of our firm within 24 hours. Call our toll-free number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we promise to respond immediately.

January 27, 2009

Truck accident on I- 5 involving tanker truck leaves driver dead

A tanker truck owned by Reinhard petroleum of Federal Way, Washington,and carrying 10,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline, crashed and burned on Interstate 5. The driver was killed. According to Seattle's Komo4 News, the driver, William Neil Adams, age 56, of Scappoose, Oregon, was driving the truck from Linton, OR to Salem when the truck went off the road, hit some ice, rolled and then caught fire.

According to reports, Adams had a long career in trucking, they he had only been with the company for about a year. He was the father of two teenage children. The family recently lost their home in a fire and was reportedly living with relatives.

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November 12, 2008

Three-Vehicle Truck Accident in Kent Washington

According to authorities, a traffic light that wasn't working led to a car crash in Kent that pinned two small cars under a 1-ton pickup truck.

The crash occurred at about 4:45 p.m. Monday at South 212 Street and 84th Avenue South. Kent police and firefighters responded.

The 1-ton pickup had been towing another full-size pickup truck when the King County truck accident occurred. The two cars and the truck ran into a semi truck in the middle of the intersection.

Kent Fire Department spokesman Kyle Ohashi said that the driver of one of the cars was taken to a local hospital. The driver of the other car had less serious injuries. Neither truck driver was injured, he said.

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If you are seriously injured in an accident, or someone you know is injured or possibly even killed, call the Seattle truck accident attorneys at Bernard Law Group, 1-800-418-8282. We can help you immediately. All e-mail and form submissions will be responded to by a qualified and knowledgeable member of our firm within 24 hours. Call our toll-free number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we promise to respond immediately.

September 29, 2008

Snohomish County Truck and Car Accident Injures One and Blocks Highway 9

Highway 9 in Maltby was blocked for about an hour Thursday afternoon by a three-vehicle pileup. Washington State Patrol trooper Keith Leary said that one person was hurt and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

According to Leary, a semi-truck that was heading north hit a passenger car that was pulling out of a residential area near 203rd Street SE, at about 2pm. A 68 year old man from Kirkland was driving a pickup truck southbound. The driver braked to avoid the collision, but the semi crossed the center line and the two trucks collided head-on.

The man had to be helped out of his truck by Snohomish County Fire District 7 rescue crews before being rushed to the hospital.

Leary also said that about 20 gallons of diesel fuel spilled and was contained on the side of the road. The cleanup was expected to be monitored by State Department of Ecology crews.

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If you are seriously injured in an accident, or someone you know is injured or possibly even killed, call the Seattle personal injury attorneys at Bernard Law Group, 1-800-418-8282. We can help you immediately. All e-mail and form submissions will be responded to by a qualified and knowledgeable member of our firm within 24 hours. Call our toll-free number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we promise to respond immediately.

September 26, 2008

Fatal Bicycle Accident in Sumner Involving Dump Truck

Valley Regional Fire Authority reported today that a 22-year-old man was killed this morning in a fatal pedestrian accident with a dump truck in Sumner after he fell from his bicycle. The bicyclist died at the scene from his injuries.

Shortly before 7:30 am, the man and a friend were riding bicycles westbound in the 14200 block of Eighth Street East. The bicyclist hit a patch of grass on the gravel shoulder. He then lost control of his bike and fell onto the roadway, into the path of the dump truck that was hauling gravel. Though the man was wearing a helmet, his injuries were fatal. The second bicyclist, who was riding in front of him, was not injured.

No information about the case has been released by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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If you are seriously injured in an accident, or someone you know is injured or possibly even killed, call the Seattle truck accident attorneys at Bernard Law Group, 1-800-418-8282. We can help you immediately. All e-mail and form submissions will be responded to by a qualified and knowledgeable member of our firm within 24 hours. Call our toll-free number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we promise to respond immediately.

July 14, 2008

Six People Injured in Log Truck Accident

On Friday, a log truck broke apart and spilled its load east of Marysville. Six people were taken to the hospital.

Washington State Patrol trooper Keith Leary said that the Marysville truck accident occurred around 2 p.m. on Getchell Road near the intersection with 99th Avenue NE. He also said that the truck's brakes malfunctioned and appeared to have locked up and the back axle of the truck's trailer broke away, sending logs into the road.

According to Leary, the commercial truck caused an SUV to roll over into a ditch when the SUV apparently tried to avoid the logs. Getchell Fire Chief Travis Hots said that all six people in the SUV were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Snohomish County sheriff's deputies and the troopers with the commercial vehicles unit of the State Patrol were investigating.

This was the second log truck accident in the past 2 days in east Snohomish County. On Thursday a truck spilled a load of logs on Highway 530, though no one was injured in that crash.

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June 27, 2008

PUD Line Truck Accident Injures Woman

A three vehicle crash near Snohomish Tuesday morning occurred. Following the crash involving a PUD line truck, a woman was airlifted to a Seattle hospital after the accident.

Snohomish County Fire District 4 Battalion Chief John Hinchcliff said that the accident occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m., near the intersection of Dubuque Road and Creswell Road.

Hinchcliff said that the injured woman was in a small passenger car. As a result of the accident, she was flown by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Her condition was not immediately available.

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May 26, 2008

Teenage girl struck and killed by pickup in Lynnwood

Two teenage girls were hit by a pickup truck Friday night in Lynnwood, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. One girl died as a result of the accident.

Sheriff's Capt. Kevin Prentiss said that a white Ford Ranger was heading east about 11:10 p.m. in the 3300 block of 164th Street SW in Lynnwood. It then jumped a curb and hit the two girls on the sidewalk. One of the girls died at the scene.
The other girl, a 16-year-old from Lynnwood, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. There she was treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

The 32-year-old driver of the truck, from Snohomish, and his passenger, a 26-year-old Mill Creek woman, were also taken to Harborview. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening. Printiss said that the driver in the truck accident was not cited or arrested.

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April 22, 2008

Big rig crash leaves Everett man dead

An Everett man died when two big trucks smashed into each other on Highway 526 early Friday morning.

Everett police Sgt. Robert Goetz said that the crash happened about 4:15am.

A tractor-trailer heading east was pulling through the intersection at Everett Mall Way onto Highway 527 when it apparently was hit broadside by a northbound rig. That truck was not hauling a trailer.

The Everett man was ejected from his cabin during the truck accident and died at the scene.

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April 11, 2008

Cyclist hit by truck miraculously survives

A 60-year-old man was cycling around Bainbridge Island, riding down Highway 305, when he merged into the left turn-lane. He remembers a vehicle coming up quickly to the left, behind him.

"As a biker knows, when you see something like that it's a really bad thing. It shouldn't have been there and it shouldn't be overtaking me. I should have been the farthest left of everybody," he said.

According to police, the 23-year-old female driver hit him, then ran over his head. She then stopped the car, took a look at the injured cyclist, and then drove off.

Luckily, there were witnesses who stopped and described the driver to police. At the time of her arrest, it appeared she had been driving under the influence and there was evidence of alcohol in the car.

"I knew something bad had happened. I knew I had been in a bicycle accident apparently," he said about the moment he came to in the ambulance.

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March 19, 2008

Train – semi truck collision in Marysville

A train and semi-truck collided in Marysville early Monday. Minor injuries occurred when the train derailed.

At approximately 6 a.m., the Seattle truck accident occurred around 130th and State streets. The driver of the semi-truck suffered some minor injuries, said Marysville Fire Department Battalion Chief Scott Goodale. As a precaution, he was transported to Providence Everett Medical Center's Colby Campus. None of the train crew suffered injuries.

According to King5.com, two train engines were derailed, but the rest of the train still on the track. . Marysville Fire Department crews were at the scene investigating the accident, where debris from the train was strewn about 500 yards along the track.

Amtrak service to and from Vancouver, B.C., will be affected. Contact Amtrak for the latest train schedule.

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February 25, 2008

Lawsuit by family of man who died in Tacoma gas explosion

The family of Charles McDonald, a truck driver who died when a propane hose leaked and caught fire while he pumped propane from his truck into Atlas Foundry Limited Partnerships tanks, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in superior court Tuesday. They allege that Atlas Foundry employees didn't use proper clamps when they helped McDonald reattach a disconnected hose before he began pumping the propane.

McDonald’s body was mostly burned by the first of two explosions. He took cover near a metal shed before the 8,000-gallon truck blew apart, propelling an axle hundreds of feet in the air in a massive burst. Additionally, pieces of metal rained down on people nearby. Covered in black soot, employees ran from the fire.

Four people besides McDonald were injured. McDonald was found by medics behind the shed two hours later and airlifted him to Harborview Medical Center. The 64-year-old died Oct. 16.

"The negligence of the Atlas Foundry employees led to the initial release of propane gas that rapidly enveloped Charles McDonald," said John Christensen, the family's lawyer. He faulted the employees for using clamps not meant for high-pressure propane.

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June 29, 2007

U-Haul Repeatedly Loses Evidence in Recent Trials

Gabriel Koloszar, Paulo Aguilar, and two friends were driving home Labor Day weekend 2002 when the U-Haul trailer they were pulling caused their Ford Explorer to flip and roll off the side of the freeway. Both Koloszar and Aguilar were severely injured in the accident and required multiple surgeries. The two were left with hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. Koloszar and Aguilar proceeded to sue U-Haul citing that the trailer they had rented had a worn tire that suddenly deflated causing the Explorer to veer left. After months of attempts made by Koloszar and Aguilar’s lawyers to examine the trailer’s parts, U-Haul finally reported that the parts had gone missing. The company stated in court documents that a former employee had stolen the tire and rims. Unfortunately, this was not the first time U-Haul had lost evidence pivotal in a suit against the company.

Over the last 20 years, U-Haul has been sued more than 10,000 times. Out of those suits, the Los Angeles Times found 11 instances where U-Haul had lost, altered, or discarded important evidence. In some cases, U-Haul scrapped or repaired the damaged parts despite court orders to keep the evidence preserved. U-Haul defends its practices stating that it has strengthened its evidence protection policy in recent years; however, they did not provide a copy of that policy when it was requested by the Times.

Koloszar and Aguilar’s lawyers stated that the missing evidence was “convenient.” Citing past cases where the company had lost important evidence, Koloszar and Aguilar’s lawyers asked the Kern County Superior Court Judge Louis P. Etcheverry to punish U-Haul. The Judge cited U-Haul with extreme negligence and said he would impose sanctions before the trial. With the threat of trial sanctions, U-Haul decided to settle with Koloszar and Aguilar one week before trial was to begin.

Click here to read the full article published by the Los Angeles Times.

June 20, 2007

Deadly Logging Truck Accident

An elderly couple was killed late Wednesday morning when their vehicle collided with a commercial logging truck. According to the Washington State Patrol, the minivan, driven by an 80 year old man from Olympia, ran a stop sign at the intersection of SR-7 and the Eatonville cutoff. Traveling at around 55 mph, the minivan collided into the truck causing it to lose its 100,000 pound load of logs. According to troopers on the scene, the van was dragged around 70 feet while logs from the truck spilled crushing the van. Witnesses said there was nothing the truck driver could do to avoid the accident. The driver’s 77 year old wife, who was a passenger in the minivan, also died in the accident. The driver of the logging truck was not hurt.

Source Article: http://www.komotv.com/news/7749297.html

June 19, 2007

Tires Fall Off Semi, Again

Four times during the month of May tires have fallen off commercial trucks while driving on Northwest area freeways. A Bothell man was killed May 11th when a semi truck, driving northbound on I-5, lost several of its tires colliding with the victim’s van. On May 13th several cars driving on I-90 near Fall City were hit with wheels lost by another commercial vehicle. The third truck accident happened May 29th when a semi driving on I-90 in Issaquah lost two tires. One of the tires hit a car, causing no injuries. The second tire landed on a roof of a nearby home causing some property damage. Thankfully during the most recent incident, which occurred this past Wednesday, the tires bounced off into the shoulder causing no accidents or injuries. The truck was driving northbound on I-5 near Michigan Street and was in the far right hand lane of the freeway. According to the Washington State Patrol it is not clear why the tires fell off the vehicle.
Source Article: http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_053007WABtiresofftruckTP.2709d964.html

June 14, 2007

Fiery Collision Closes Highway 101

Highway 101 was closed for several hours near the Mason-Jefferson County line Monday night when an SUV and a commercial tanker truck collided. The two vehicles exploded into flames killing the driver of the SUV. The victim was later identified as Ronald Alness of Hoodsport. The first responders to the accident stated that the flames were so intense they could not get close to the wreckage. Firefighters were able keep the flames from igniting the tanks on the commercial vehicle.

Article Source: http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_060507WABbrinnontankerfire_ID_SW.1b64472c.html#

May 16, 2007

Semi- Truck Rollover Halts Commute

Just as the morning commute began, a semi tractor trailer heading westbound on I-90 overturned blocking all lanes of the freeway. The accident occurred at 6:45 a.m. just west of the Mount Baker tunnel. Fortunately, traffic was able to get past the overturned semi by driving on the shoulder of the freeway. Approximately 45 minutes after the truck accident occurred, the Washington State Department of Transportation pushed the semi to the side of the road allowing traffic to pass on several more lanes of the freeway. This accident is currently still under investigation.

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