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ALL CLEAR: Scattered animal parts causing delay on I-5

Post by Brian Everstine on July 27, 2009 at 8:14 pm |
July 27, 2009 8:14 pm

WSDOT photo.

Traffic is backed up more than three miles while crews pick up a nasty mess on northbound Interstate 5 at Pacific Avenue.

A rendering truck spilled its load, covering the lanes in animal parts. Traffic is backed up to 56th Avenue. The state Department of Transportation hasn’t estimated when the mess will be cleared and all lanes will be open.

UPDATE: 8:53 p.m.: The mess is still covering all lanes of the highway. Traffic is getting by using the shoulder. The state DOT estimates the lanes will stay closed until about 11 p.m.

UPDATED: 9:29 p.m. The state DOT said the department responded to the scene with Incident Response crews, maintenance crews, a loader, a dump truck and two sanding trucks to clean up the mess. Traffic is still backed up about three miles.

A DOT press release states: “Crews report the smell is horrendous.”

FINAL UPDATE: The mess was cleared and all lanes reopened to traffic at 10:20 p.m.

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