I-5 South shut down for hours after semi-crash near Tumwater; powdered milk spilled on roadway

MAYTOWN, Wash. -- Southbound lanes of I-5 in Maytown will likely be closed for hours while troopers work to clear a multi-vehicle crash involving a semi.

According to WSP Trooper Johnna Batiste, the crash initially happened on I-5 North when an F-150 cut off a semi. The semi lost control trying to avoid a crash and pushed through the center barrier into the southbound lanes, striking a FedEx truck in the southbound lanes and causing all lanes to be blocked.

Traffic is being diverted to 93rd Avenue SW exit.

Injuries are reported, but it's unclear how serious they are.

Batiste said powdered milk that the semi was hauling is spilled all over the roadway.

It could take hours for the scene to clear. Avoid the area if you can.

At about 6 p.m., troopers tweeted that the roadway had reopened.

DOT officials recommend taking 93rd Avenue SW and Tilley Road as alternate routes.