Backhoe backs up northbound I-5 from 185th to Lake City Way

Saturday, August 28, 2010

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, at approximately 2:10 pm Friday afternoon, a dump truck was pulling a trailer with a backhoe northbound on I-5. The trailer, which appears to be damaged in the photo, flipped over and dropped the backhoe into the freeway, blocking the two right lanes (the right general purpose lane and the far right lane which enters the freeway from 175th and eventually becomes an exit only lane to Lake Forest Park/SR 104.)

An hour later, all lanes were at a virtual standstill for a hundred blocks back, with all lanes funneling into the open left lanes to pass the site.  The photo was taken about 4 pm.  The backhoe is on a flatbed truck, the vehicles involved in the incident are pulled over to the side, and the State Patrol cars are blocking the right lane for the safety of the workers.

WSDOT reported the incident clear at 4:28 pm.


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