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News: Semi-truck fire creates 5-mile backup on I-5 in south Everett

by | Mar 2, 2023 | Accidents in the News |

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA — A semi-truck carrying hay continually caught fire Thursday afternoon, keeping two lanes of Interstate 5 closed for several hours near south Everett, reports KOMO News.

The incident occurred on the northbound lanes near 112th Street Southeast and was first reported shortly before 7:00 a.m.

It was unclear what led up to the blaze, but the two right lanes remained blocked for over five hours as firefighters worked to put on the flames and clear the roadway.

The lanes initially reopened at 12:15 p.m., but had to shut down once more after the load of hay in the truck re-ignited due to the heavy volume of fuel.

Due to a lack of a water source in the area, crews had to truck water into the fire zone, causing further delays.

The Washington State Department of Transportation allowed all motorists to use the HOV lane to alleviate a traffic buildup, which had grown to five miles long by 11:00 a.m.

Though all northbound lanes were reported reopened by 12:15 p.m., crews remained on the right shoulder of the roadway, causing a visual distraction.

It was unclear whether anyone was injured.

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