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Commute-time rollover delays traffic on I-5 near Sunset in Bellingham

Washington State Patrol turns traffic around to clear I-5 near Sunset Drive

A semi-truck carrying tiny shards of chipped glass spilled Tuesday on Interstate 5 in Bellingham. Washington State Patrol directed traffic back to the nearest offramp.
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A semi-truck carrying tiny shards of chipped glass spilled Tuesday on Interstate 5 in Bellingham. Washington State Patrol directed traffic back to the nearest offramp.

A semi-truck overturned on southbound Interstate 5 Tuesday afternoon at the Sunset Drive onramp, closing that portion of the freeway for about three hours and creating a five-mile backup.

The accident happened around 4:45 p.m. The truck was on its side, blocking one lane of the freeway as well as part of the onramp. Police scanner reports indicated it was a non-injury accident and that the truck was carrying glass. Shards of glass were reported on the road.

The freeway reopened at 7:45 p.m.

Both southbound lanes were closed around 4:53 p.m. while crews work to clean up the accident. As of 5:15 p.m. traffic was backed up more than two miles, beyond the Bakerview Road onramp.

By 6 p.m., the backup extended nearly up to Slater Road, about five miles, according to Washington State Department of Transportation.

Dave Gallagher: 360-715-2269, @BhamHeraldBiz
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