I-5 reopens near Olympia after log truck spills load; US 101 ramp still closed

The accident scattered logs all over the southbound lanes of I-5 at the scene. (Wash. State Patrol photo)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Interstate 5 was blocked near Olympia for nearly an hour after a logging truck lost its load, scattering logs all over southbound lanes of the freeway.

Troopers responded to the scene, at Custer Way just south of the U.S. 101 interchange, at around 12:10 p.m. Wednesday after receiving reports of a truck losing its load.

Crews were able to move the logs off to the side, and two southbound lanes of I-5 were reopened by 1 p.m. The U.S. 101 ramp to southbound I-5 remains closed.

No one was injured in the mishap.

It was the second day in a row that an unsecured load has caused problems on Western Washington highways.

On Tuesday morning, a lumber truck lost part of its load on SR-167, sending a large piece of wood crashing through the windshield of a car. The wood just barely missed hitting the driver of the vehicle.

State troopers say the incidents are a stark reminder of the importance of making sure that loads are securely fastened down.

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