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2 lanes of I-5 north reopened in Woodland after landslide, pickup hit by debris

WOODLAND Wash. – A landslide covered Interstate 5 northbound with debris in Woodland on Thursday afternoon.

The freeway was closed for hours, but two lanes were reopened late Thursday night.

The slide happened about 4 p.m. near milepost 23, the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies said a pickup truck was hit during the slide; however, no one was injured.

With the highway shut down for hours, some truck drivers were stranded. Once they got off the road, they were required to rest. Aubrey Buchanan was two hours from his destination when the backups hit. He says 3 a.m. is the earliest he can leave Woodland.

"It's been terrible," Buchanan said. "I ran out of time, so I got to stay here. This year the weather and everything, I just feel like I've been living in a black-and-white TV with the weather -- it's so gloomy."

Northbound traffic was being diverted off I-5 at Exit 22.

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, its crews will monitor the hillside all night. Engineers will examine the area of the slide on Friday.

This is the second landslide to hit this stretch of I-5 in just 14 months. Bobby Janzen got caught up in that landslide as well. WSDOT said that landslide was more severe, with the highway shut down overnight.

"It's getting a bit frustrating," Janzen said. "It's OK ... part of the game."

Last winter, a landslide closed I-5 north for several days in roughly the same location.


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