Traffic Slows After Truck Hits Everett Overpass

June 14, 2014

Everett, Police Blotter

Excavator

Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol

broken trailer

Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol

overpass

Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol

debris from overpass

Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol

A bit of a mess on I-5 in south Everett after a truck towing an excavator hit the overpass. Washington State Patrol Trooper Keith Leary provided MyEverettNews.com with the details and a few photos…

Just after 11am this morning troopers responded to a truck pulling a trailer carrying a medium-sized excavator that struck the underneath of the 128th Street overpass. It appears the truck struck the last cross beam of the overpass (See attached photos). Concrete debris covered two lanes of the freeway but was quickly removed by troopers.

We are investigating to see whether the excavator was too high prior to striking the bridge, or if the trailer itself broke prior to the bridge causing the arm of the tractor to become higher than originally loaded.

One passenger car ran over some of the concrete debris causing a flat tire. The driver did not receive any injuries and cleared the scene after a tire change.

The 42-year-old truck driver had just purchased the mid 90’s used excavator and was transporting it to Rainier Washington.

The right lane of southbound I-5 will be blocked so DOT Bridge Crews can survey the damage.

Traffic is heavy approaching 128th street but moving smoothly after it.

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