Northbound I-5 near Custer reopens after semi removed

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 16, 2014 

Northbound Interstate 5 was at least partially blocked for about seven hours Monday morning, June 16, after a semi hauling two trailers tipped over, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The truck, which was hauling a mixed load of furniture, parts and other items to Burnaby, B.C., went off the left side of the road near Peace Portal Drive at about 4:15 a.m.

The crash blocked the left lane for several hours. Both lanes had to be shut down at about 8:30 a.m. to bring in tow trucks to get the semi and trailers upright and moved. The freeway reopened around 11:15 a.m.

During the closure, a detour led drivers off the freeway at Birch Bay-Lynden Road.

The semi driver, a 58-year-old man from British Columbia, received minor injuries and was taken to St. Joseph hospital. Troopers are still investigating what caused the crash.

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