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Midnight I-5 crash leaves semi dangling over Colonnade Park — UPDATE

A late night crash on I-5 echoed across lower Capitol Hill with the sound of screeching metal as a semi truck and trailer was left dangling above Eastlake’s Colonnade Park between the northbound and southbound decks of the freeway early Thursday morning.

State Patrol and emergency units responded to the scene just before midnight along southbound I-5 just before Mercer.

Seattle Fire says the driver was able to exit the cab without significant injury and there were no reported injuries on I-5 or below.

There was no information about what caused the crash.

UPDATE: SPD responded to the crash due to officers being in the area at the time of the collision and reports that the truck was carrying “two trailers of corrosive liquid acid” when the driver “lost control at full speed striking the cement retaining wall, causing the semi to override the wall and metal guardrail” —

The semi sheered about 500 feet of guardrail from the cement wall sending large pieces of debris to the park below. When the semi came to rest the cab was wedged in between the gap of north and southbound lanes of I-5.

I-5 was closed to traffic in both directions during the response.


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Andrew Taylor
Andrew Taylor
21 days ago

At least it’s dangling and the driver escaped. You might recall that a car fell between the two carriageways in roughly that location a few years ago, killing the driver.