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UPDATED: Rollover trailer crash snarls southbound I-5 lanes

First responders on scene of a crash involving a truck pulling a trailer that lost its load on I-5 (March 11, 2022). Photo courtesy of WSP

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to a report of a rollover crash in the southbound I-5 lanes between the Sunset Drive and State Street interchanges today, Friday, March 11th, about 12:45pm.

Initial reports from the scene were of a non-injury crash involving a single vehicle towing a trailer loaded with pallets of mortar mix.

As of 1pm, traffic appeared to be able to get past the crash scene via the left shoulder.

Traffic moves past crash scene through on left shoulder while first responders clear crash debris (March 11, 2022). Photo: WSDOT traffic camera image

Washington State Trooper Jacob Kennett told Whatcom News a southbound utility truck lost control, and over corrected, causing the trailer to roll, dumping its load. Many of the bags of the mix broke open spreading the dry powder across the right lane and into the left.

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The driver was issued an infraction for improper towing.

As of 2pm, Kennett said they were awaiting a WSDOT sweeper to clean up debris so that both lanes could be reopened.

As of 2:45pm, both lanes had been reopened to traffic. Southbound traffic was backed up about 3 miles to the Northwest Avenue interchange.

Traffic begins moving through in both lanes while the dust continues to be visible in the area (March 11, 2022). Photo: WSDOT traffic camera image

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