Semi-truck driver at fault in crash that closed I-405 in Rentonon June 4, 2013 @ 7:35 am (Updated: 12:08 pm - 6/4/13 )
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The truck driver was at fault in a crash that blocked all lanes of southbound I-405 in Renton Tuesday morning.
State Patrol Trooper Karim Boukabou says the 29-year-old bread truck driver was distracted, crashing into at least one of the vehicles in the four-car crash. His semi-tractor trailer flipped on its side, causing a backup miles long.
The truck driver has been cited.
The semi-truck, carrying 40,000 pounds of bread, overturned on southbound I-405 just past the state route 167 exit shortly before 7:30 a.m.
Within minutes, miles of traffic began backing up throughout the area. Washington State Patrol started turning traffic around using the SR 167 exit.
Moving the truck wasn't easy for crews. The first attempt to push the truck off to the side of the road was unsuccessful. After several other tow trucks arrived on the scene, crews were able to push the semi to the left lanes of the interstate.
Shortly before 10 a.m. crews were able to turn the truck upright. All lanes of I-405 were reopened about three hours after the crash.
Additional congestion on nearby surface streets, including Rainier Avenue and Grady Way, also plagued drivers trying to get around the mess.
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