State Patrol: Gas tanker crash caused 2 injuries, spilled thousands of gallons

Mar 14, 2023, 9:50 AM | Updated: 10:12 am
(Photo from Washington State Patrol)
(Photo from Washington State Patrol)

Update 3/14 10:05 a.m.:

New details about a double fuel tanker wreck on I-5 near Lacey that slowed traffic to a crawl for hours Monday.

Washington state patrol troopers say two men– the 43-year-old driver of the tanker and a 21-year-old passenger– were taken to the hospital.

Troopers believe the driver was going too fast for the conditions, which caused the truck to roll.

Ty Keltner is with the Washington Department of Ecology spills program, said that one of the truck’s tanks was carrying about 7,000 gallons of gasoline, and it’s “intact.” The other tank was carrying about 4,000 gallons of diesel, and that did rupture, spilling into the highway drains.

The crash and cleanup took more than 11 hours.

Update 3/13 3:34 p.m.:

Fuel has been offloaded from the fuel tanks at the site of the crash, with crews now working to right the tanks and remove them from the scene. Travel continues to be reduced to one lane in this area.

Update 3/13 12:18 p.m.:

The tanker is still blocking the road way and will take several more hours to clean, according to Trooper Robert Reyer with the Washington State Patrol.


A rolled-over tanker in Lacey is causing major backups on southbound Interstate 5 after a crash early Monday morning.

The double tanker semi-truck crashed near Carpenter Road NE at about 6 a.m. Monday morning.

Wrong-way driver arrested for DUI after crashing into semi on I-5

The tanker truck was carrying gasoline and when it rolled over, about half of its load spilled, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. The other half remained in the tanker.

Two people have been taken to the hospital with only minor injuries. The two right lanes remain blocked, with only one lane open for traffic to get by.

Shortly before 8 a.m., WSDOT said that the lane closure on southbound I-5 would last for an extended period on Monday due to the complex cleanup scene and recovery of the fuel.

Drivers are asked to avoid the area during the lane closure.

There is no estimated time for when the lanes will reopen.

Local News

school board...
KIRO Newsradio Newsdesk

Kent School Board President resigns following ‘insensitive’ comments

Kent School Board President Tim Clarke resigned from his position Friday following "concerning comments" made during a meeting.
18 hours ago
Kate Stone

More rudeness on the roads for drivers in the Pacific Northwest

In Seattle, 53% of drivers saw a nice gesture in 2018, but only 40% said they saw kindness at least five times per month in 2023.
18 hours ago
stolen goods...
Colleen West, KIRO 7 News

Man with cartful of stolen goods walks out of Lacey Target store to find officer outside

A man is in jail after he was found with a stolen car containing stolen merchandise over the weekend, according to Lacey Police.
18 hours ago
Federal Way gun buyback...
Frank Sumrall

Federal Way gun buyback program stirs debate in its effectiveness

This trend is reaching national levels, as gun buyback events in Texas and Wisconsin late last year netted approximately 1,350 guns in total.
18 hours ago
Fauntleroy sinkhole...
Kate Stone

Sinkhole causing delays at Fauntleroy ferry terminal

A sinkhole at the Fauntleroy ferry terminal is causing a major slowdown for drivers on Vashon Island Monday.
18 hours ago
chateau ste. michelle...
Frank Sumrall

Chateau Ste. Michelle announces 2023 Summer Concert Series lineup

The lineup for Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery's 2023 Summer Concert Series is here with tickets set to go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, April 3.
18 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Emergency Preparedness...

Prepare for the next disaster at the Emergency Preparedness Conference

Being prepared before the next emergency arrives is key to preserving businesses and organizations of many kinds.
SHIBA volunteer...

Volunteer to help people understand their Medicare options!

If you’re retired or getting ready to retire and looking for new ways to stay active, becoming a SHIBA volunteer could be for you!
safety from crime...

As crime increases, our safety measures must too

It's easy to be accused of fearmongering regarding crime, but Seattle residents might have good reason to be concerned for their safety.
Comcast Ready for Business Fund...
Ilona Lohrey | President and CEO, GSBA

GSBA is closing the disparity gap with Ready for Business Fund

GSBA, Comcast, and other partners are working to address disparities in access to financial resources with the Ready for Business fund.

Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Lake Washington Windows...

Choosing Best Windows for Your Home

Lake Washington Windows and Doors is a local window dealer offering the exclusive Leak Armor installation.
State Patrol: Gas tanker crash caused 2 injuries, spilled thousands of gallons