Truck rollover snarls Interstate 90 traffic through Issaquah

August 5, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

A tractor-trailer rollover closed three lanes along Interstate 90 through Issaquah between Front Street and state Route 900 early Friday. By Department of Transportation

UPDATED — 9:20 a.m. Aug. 5, 2011

Emergency crews converged on westbound Interstate 90 between Front Street and state Route 900 just after 8 a.m. Friday after a tractor-trailer rolled over, snarling the morning commute.

State troopers closed three lanes to traffic due to the crash. Traffic backed up for more than two miles.

Crews managed to right the toppled rig after 8:30 a.m. and reopened lanes to traffic at about 9:15 a.m.

The tractor-trailer had been heading westbound in the center lane when the driver attempted to make a lane change to the right, Washington State Patrol Trooper Julie Startup said. In the process, the truck made contact with a car in the adjacent lane.

The truck driver, realizing the rig had impacted a car, attempted to correct to avoid the car, but lost control and ended up in a brush-filled ditch on the left road shoulder.

As the truck driver attempted to pull out of the ditch, the rig flipped and the truck landed on its side, blocking most of the westbound interstate.

Medics transported the driver of the car, a 29-year-old Sumner man, to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue for treatment of minor injuries. The truck driver, a 30-year-old Auburn man, is uninjured.

The state patrol’s commercial vehicle inspectors plan to inspect the tractor-trailer as a standard part of the investigation.

The truck had been hauling hay.

“Luckily, the hay stayed inside the vehicle today,” Startup said. “That could be a mess. But hay is much easier to clean up than a load of marbles.”

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