Mercer Island Reporter


Semi-truck dumps sticky mess on I-5

Mercer Island Reporter Staff
April 17, 2013 · 9:54 AM

An accident involving a disabled minivan and a semi-truck carrying a large quantity of resin glue left most of northbound Interstate 5 near the Highway 18 junction a sticky mess late April 10 and into early Thursday morning, April 11.

According to the Washington State Patrol, a disabled minivan was in one of the center lanes of I-5 when the semi-truck struck it from behind. The accident left the 55-year-old driver of the minivan with serious injuries, and she was transported to Harborview Medical Center.

The semi-truck was carrying resin glue, and one of the “pouches” of resin glue it was carrying burst open as a result of the crash. Reports estimate the amount of glue at 20,000 gallons.

Efforts between the state Department of Transportation and Department of Ecology saw the resin glue cleaned up by early Thursday morning, although the work crews continued to bog down traffic during the morning commute.


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