Crashed semi spills sewage onto I-5, blocks highway for hours
A crashed semi-truck along Interstate 5 in Tualatin blocked traffic for hours, Monday afternoon, after sewer waste spilled onto the roadway near the intersection of Interstate 205 in Tualatin.
Oregon State Police said that an SUV and a semi-truck carrying sewage were traveling northbound on Interstate 5, Monday afternoon, in the far right lane.
The two vehicles had were nearing milepost 289 when the sewage truck was struck from behind by another commercial truck pulling a trailer.
The sewer truck was pushed forward by the impact, slamming into the back of the SUV.
The truck and semi-trailer veered left across the northbound lanes before stopping near the center median, blocking the left and center lanes of the highway.
About 300 gallons of sewer waste spilled onto the highway.
The highway was closed for about three hours while crews from the Oregon Department of Transportation cleaned up the spilled sewage.
The drivers of the sewer truck and the SUV might have had minor injuries, Oregon State Police said in a statement, but neither driver wanted medical treatment.
The driver of the semi- truck, a 44-year-old commercial truckdriver from Fresno, Calif., was not injured in the crash. He was cited for following too closely.