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Work to clear semi crash will shut down northbound I-5 near Fairhaven

A stretch of northbound Interstate 5 in Bellingham will shut down for about four hours Tuesday night, Sept. 8, near Fairhaven to clear the wreckage from a semitruck crash earlier in the day
A stretch of northbound Interstate 5 in Bellingham will shut down for about four hours Tuesday night, Sept. 8, near Fairhaven to clear the wreckage from a semitruck crash earlier in the day Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A stretch of Interstate 5 will shut down for about four hours Tuesday night, Sept. 8, while crews recover a semi truck that crashed near Old Fairhaven Parkway.

Road crews plan to shut down the freeway at 8 p.m. till around midnight.

The driver of the semi, Osman Arbab, 36, of Kent, told state troopers a black car changed from the left lane to the right lane in front of him, cutting him off, on northbound I-5 north of the Old Fairhaven Parkway exit, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Mark Francis.

Arbab swerved to the right, he said, and lost control as he tried to turn back to the left, according to the state patrol. The semi crashed into the median, tipped and landed on its passenger side. The truck took out a cable barrier, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Arbab and a man in the passenger seat weren’t hurt. The exact cause of the crash remained under investigation Tuesday. Drugs and alcohol are not suspected.

Morning wind and rain would have made it difficult to right and tow away the semi, Francis said. Highway authorities decided to wait until later to recover the semi and repair the barrier. Meanwhile the truck remained in the median, not blocking traffic.

Starting at 8 p.m. northbound drivers will be detoured to South Samish Way, east of Fairhaven, then return to the freeway at the Samish Way interchange, by Sehome Village.

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