Multi-Vehicle Crash Blocks Southbound I-5 In Thurston County

Southbound Interstate 5 was fully blocked at Maytown Wednesday morning.

Washington State Department of Transportation

A multi-vehicle collision on Interstate 5 near Maytown spanned both directions of travel, left a person with non-life threatening injuries and has backed up traffic for southbound travelers.

All southbound lanes are blocked, and at around 10:20 a.m., Washington State Patrol troopers were unable to give an estimate how long that would be the case. Images posted on Washington State Department of Transportation’s social media accounts show a semi tractor-trailer flipped on its side, taking up all lanes of southbound traffic and its cargo spilling across the roadway.

WSP Public Information Officer Johnna Batiste told The Chronicle that at about 8:30 a.m., a pickup truck was traveling on northbound I-5, near 93rd Avenue Southwest. It was moving too quickly for the wet conditions, she said and lost control. It began to rotate and an approaching semi swerved to avoid the truck. The semi then lost control and barged through the center barrier, flipping onto its side.

The semi collided with a southbound FedEx delivery truck. The FedEx driver was injured, but Batiste said the injuries didn’t appear life-threatening.

The semi then flipped to its side.

The left northbound lane is blocked, but traffic is still moving through the other two lanes.

Batiste said tow trucks were on-scene, but noted the roadway still needed to be cleaned and the center barrier replaced.

Southbound traffic is being diverted onto 93rd Avenue.