Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: July 24, 2015
Contact: Trooper Clark Jones
Phone: (425) 766-0812
Twitter: @wastatepatrol

Washington State Patrol Investigates a One Semi Injury Collison on NB I-5
Just South of Southcenter

King County -- Washington State Patrol Troopers, along with local fire agencies and the Washington State Department of Transportation responded to a one semi collision on Northbound I-5 just south of the Southcenter exit.

It appears that the 36 year old male driver, who sustained serious injuries in the crash, fell asleep while driving. The semi left the roadway on the right side, struck the starting section of guardrail, and continued for approximately 100 feet down into a ravine. The Semi came to rest approximately 40 feet below the surface of the roadway, below an elevated section of the freeway. The semi then caught fire, which subsequently spread to the surrounding foliage. Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire and rescue the driver using high angle rescue techniques. The semi and trailer were completely burnt. Four lanes were blocked for approximately 3 hours.