Mount Baker Highway commute snarled after semi rollover crash and downed power lines

Wednesday morning’s commute along the Mount Baker Highway was disrupted for approximately three hours after a semi truck reportedly struck a utility pole and rolled over near the intersection with Britton Road.

The incident brought down power lines in the area and blocked all lanes of travel for approximately one hour, according to Washington State Department tweets on the incident, before eastbound and westbound traffic began alternating.

According to emergency radio broadcasts, the incident occurred a little before 7 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9.

The semi reportedly hit a utility pole in the area of the intersection, and power lines were down. Early reports said there may have been injuries.

A WSDOT North Traffic Tweet at 7:16 a.m. said that the crash was blocking all lanes of State Route 542 and that there was no estimate when the highway would re-open.

In a follow-up tweet at 7:53 a.m., WSDOT tweeted that a tow truck was on scene, but there still was no timeline on when the highway would be cleared.

Five minutes later, WSDOT tweeted that eastbound and westbound traffic was alternating around the collision, and the all-clear was tweeted at 10:01 a.m.

Puget Sound Energy was reportedly notified of the incident, according to radio reports, but the PSE outage map does not show any power outage in the area.

David Rasbach joined The Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news. He has been an editor and writer in several western states since 1994.