UPDATE as of 5:04 a.m.: Significant backups are expected through this morning’s commute as Department of Ecology crews clean up the glue spilled during last night’s collision. The right three lanes remain closed and traffic backups are currently about a mile, according to WSDOT.
INITIAL POST: A 55-year-old Federal Way woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries tonight after a semitrailer crashed into her disabled van on northbound Interstate 5 in Federal Way, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The semi, carrying two flat bed trailers with containers of resin, crashed into the van about 7 p.m. just north of state Route 18, State Patrol Sgt. Dan Atchison said.
Both vehicles spun off into the right-hand ditch, and one of the containers of resin burst, covering four lanes of the freeway with thousands of gallons of the “glue-like” substance, he said.
He expects crews to spend most of the night cleaning up the spill, which leaves two lanes of I-5 open and a backup as far south as he could see from the scene.
The semi driver was not injured.
The woman was the only occupant of the van.
The State Patrol is investigating the crash.
Atchison said it’s a good night for anyone who can take a detour to do so.