1 hurt as semi spills load of lumber onto highway

SNOHOMISH, Wash. - One person was injured and Highway 9 was closed for hours Tuesday morning when a semi truck spilled a load of lumber onto the highway, the Washington State Patrol reports.

State troopers responded to the scene, at the intersection of Highway 9 and 2nd Street in Snohomish, at about 4:40 a.m. after receiving a report of an accident involving a semi.

A preliminary investigation found that the semi truck was turning onto Highway 9 when the load shifted and stacks of lumber spilled onto the highway, the State Patrol said.

A box truck traveling south managed to stop before hitting the lumber, but a car heading north was unable to stop in time. It hit the lumber, then the box truck.

The driver of the car, a 64-year-old Arlington woman, sustained minor injuries and was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett. The driver of the box truck was unhurt.

A Dodge pickup also crashed into the pile of lumber, sustaining about $5,000 in damage.

The driver of the semi truck, a 48-year-old Marysville man, faces a possible charge of failing to secure his load.

The intersection was blocked by the accident for about three hours, reopening at about 7:50 a.m.