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Lakewood I-5 crash this afternoon causes near 10-mile backups, injures 2

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on Feb. 28, 2013 at 10:40 pm |
February 28, 2013 10:40 pm

A crash Thursday afternoon at Berkeley Street Southwest on southbound Interstate 5 injured two people and caused a backup of almost 10 miles in both directions on the freeway, according to the state Department of Transportation and the State Patrol.

All lanes of southbound I-5 were blocked just before 1:30 p.m. when a semitrailer hit the left barrier of the freeway, deputies said. A car braked to avoid the truck, but ran into it after being rear-ended by a motorhome, according to the State Patrol.

The cause was still under investigation.

The drivers of both the truck and car were taken to hospitals, one with serious injuries, the other with minor injuries, according to West Pierce Fire & Rescue.

All lanes of the freeway had been cleared about 3:30 p.m., but a roughly 9-mile backup remained southbound, and about 10 miles of traffic was backed up on northbound I-5 due to the distraction, according transportation officials.

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