Truck, towed boat crash through I-5 median barrier near 39th Street

Trailer had mechanical problem, says WSP

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Traffic on Interstate 5 southbound and northbound was opened up about 8:45 p.m. Thursday after a driver towing a 28-foot boat north near 39th Street lost control and crashed through the concrete median barrier into the southbound lanes.

The accident was reported about 7:15 p.m., a Washington State Patrol dispatcher said. No one was reported injured.

The collision left debris blocking traffic in both directions. Tow trucks were called to clear it from the roadways.

At 8:45 p.m., troopers had opened all lanes northbound and two of four southbound.

The driver of the 2001 Dodge pickup, Glen Reddemann, 46, of Surrey, B.C., was headed north when the boat trailer developed a mechanical problem, according to a WSP bulletin. Reddemann lost control and the truck veered left and hit the median barrier.

The truck, trailer and boat crashed through the barrier and ended up in the southbound lanes, blocking the two inside lanes, the bulletin said.

The cause was equipment failure. Any possible traffic violation tickets were under investigation.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.