Press "Enter" to skip to content
Dump truck with an excavator on a trailer after striking the I-5 and Portal Way overpass (November 21, 2021). Photo courtesy of Alex Marsaudon

UPDATED: Northbound lanes of I-5 closed in Ferndale

FERNDALE, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to the northbound lanes of I-5 at the Portal Way interchange due to a report of a dump truck towing an excavator on a trailer having struck the I-5 overpass about 3:45pm today, November 21st.

Washington State Patrol (WSP) have closed both northbound lanes through the area, diverting traffic via the off-ramp at Portal Way and then returning to I-5 via the on-ramp at Portal Way.

Portal Way is closed under the over pass.

The truck and trailer left the scene and, as of 4:40pm, were being sought by Ferndale Police and WSP according to WSP Trooper Rocky Oliphant. As of 6pm, the trucking company had been contacted and is cooperating with law enforcement.

Advertisement
Click for more information

 

Advertisement
Click for more information

 

View of damaged girders under I-5 overpass at Portal way after a dump truck with an excavator on a trailer struck the overpass (November 21, 2021). Photo courtesy of WSDOT
View of damaged girders under I-5 overpass at Portal way after a dump truck with an excavator on a trailer struck the overpass (November 21, 2021). Photo courtesy of WSDOT

As of 5:30pm, Washington State Department of Transportation reported they had engineers on the way to inspect the structure. There was no estimated for when the lanes of traffic on I-5 and Portal Way might be reopened.

It was announced at 7:30pm that the northbound lanes of I-5 had been reopened but the right shoulder remained closed.

My custom footer text