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You heard right — an overturned boat backed up traffic on I-5 in Bellingham

This shipwreck is blocking traffic on Interstate 5

A Washington State Patrol trooper guides traffic around a trailer that dumped a boat into a lane of traffic on Interstate 5 on Friday, Sept. 21, in Bellingham, Washington.
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A Washington State Patrol trooper guides traffic around a trailer that dumped a boat into a lane of traffic on Interstate 5 on Friday, Sept. 21, in Bellingham, Washington.

A boat that fell off a trailer blocked one southbound lane of Interstate 5 during a rainy Friday afternoon, slowing traffic through Bellingham for nearly about 2 1/2 hours.

Washington State Department of Transportation posted video on its Twitter account showing traffic crawling along the left lane and shoulder to move around the boat, which was on its side and still attached to the trailer just north of a Samish Way ramp.

According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Heather Axtman, a pickup truck was towing the trailer when it jackknifed, leaving the boat and the trailer on their sides and the truck facing the wrong way.

It was not known if there were any injuries in the crash or how many people were in the pickup, but Axtman said the driver was out of the truck and walking around by the time state trooper arrived..

Axtman said a tow truck was dispatched to the scene, but a crane may be needed to lift the boat and put in on a trailer for transport.

“That, obviously, would mean a much longer time to clean up,” Axtman said.

Axtman said the length and type of the boat was unknown at this time and the cause of the accident is under investigation.

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