A 49-year-old Shelton man was involved but not injured in the five-semi crash on Interstate 5 south of Tumwater Monday that shutdown both directions of the highway for more than nine hours.
According to the Washington State Patrol, the Shelton man’s semi (semi one) was northbound on I-5 north of milepost 97 in lane one of three. Semi two was behind semi one. Just after 1 PM, semi one slowed for traffic. Semi two lost control and crossed all northbound lanes, stuck the barrier and conintued onto southbound I-5 where it came to rest blocking all three southbound lanes.
Semi three was southbound on I-5 just north of milepost 97 in lane two of three. Semi three lost control, struck semi two and then the barrier. Semi three came to rest on the barrier.
Semi four was southbound behind semi three and also struck semi two, coming to rest in lane two of southbound I-5.
Semi five was southbound in lane one of three. It left I-5 to the right and came to rest in the ditch.
Northbound I-5 was blocked for 9 hours, 16 minutes. Southbound I-5 was blocked for 11 hours 44 minutes.
The only person injured was the driver of semi two. The 49-year-old man from Corvallis, Oregon was transported to St. Peters Hospital.
All drivers were wearing seatbelts.
The State Patrol is still investigating the cause of this crash.
Pictures from the Washington State Patrol District 1 Twitter page.