Semi hits barrier at notorious I-5 curve in Tacoma

A semi lost control on the wet roadway early Thursday morning and struck a barrier on I-5 near SR 16 in Tacoma. (Photo courtesy: Washington State Patrol)

TACOMA, Wash. -- History has repeated itself several times on I-5 and SR 16 in the past few months and that's the case again Thursday morning with a major crash involving a semitruck.

It was around 2 a.m. on a rain-slickened I-5 that the semi's driver lost control and struck the median on southbound I-5 near SR-16. Troopers said the truck became stuck on the barrier.

The driver was not hurt in the crash, and no other vehicles were involved.

As crews worked to remove the semi, replace the barrier and clean up the fuel spilled by the semi, traffic was being diverted to the collector-distributor lanes in both directions.

Northbound lanes opened just before 6 a.m. Southbound lanes opened a few minutes later.

Similar crash scenes have happened near this curve on I-5 at SR 16 on four separate occasions since late September -- three in October and one in December. All of the crashes happened in the late evening or early morning.

"This happens all the time; this ain't nothing new," said Theresa Lewis who lives near this stretch of the freeway. "There's always crashes over here.... This is ridiculous, and then we deal with the sirens and the lights..."

The driver was cited for negligent driving, which carries a fine of about $550, according to state patrol.

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