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Almost 20 cars get flat tires on stretch of I-405 Tuesday morning

Twenty drivers reported flat tires Tuesday morning on I-405 southbound. (WSDOT)

Nearly 20 drivers reported flat tires early Tuesday morning traveling southbound on I-405 near Northeast 116th Street. Washington State Department of Transporation (WSDOT) originally suspected unknown debris from an unsecured load as the cause.

Tracy Taylor reached out to Trooper Rick Johnson for more information following the incident on Twitter. Johnson could not confirm the type of debris that caused the flat tires, although KIRO Radio traffic reporter Chris Sullivan later was able to confirm that it was metal from the back of a truck.

Trooper Johnson also reminded drivers to secure their loads, lest we see a repeat of Tuesday morning’s incident.

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There were no reported injuries and the debris has been cleared. The cars were not blocking traffic.

As for who’s at fault, “this kind of thing is on the driver who didn’t secure their load,” WSDOT said on Twitter.

House Bill 2186, introduced in January, concerns debris escaping from vehicles on public highways, amending the existing laws to require any vehicle on public roads to secure and cover its load. According to existing law, if vehicles have “six inches of freeboard” within the bed, the load does not have to be covered.

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“It’s passed time to cover that loophole,” bill sponsor Rep. Christine Kilduff told the House Transportation Committee in January. “To avert further injury, avert further accidents, keep our roadways as safe as possible, and let’s have the folks that really should be bearing the cost of transporting these loads, not drivers or vehicle owners and not the traveling public.”

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