Overturned trailer snarls I-5 traffic near Woodland

Driver and four passengers escape injury

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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A Portland man and four passengers escaped injury Friday when their travel trailer went out of control and overturned on northbound Interstate 5 south of Woodland, according to the Washington State Patrol.

A WSP bulletin said Georgiy Mokan, 28, was driving a Ford Expedition towing a 25-foot travel trailer down a grade just south of the East Fork of the Lewis River at about 3:40 p.m. when the trailer began swinging back and forth. Mokan lost control of the trailer, which overturned and blocked two lanes of the freeway, snarling northbound traffic.

Morkan was not injured, nor were any of his four passengers, including three children under six years old, the WSP bulletin said.

The trailer was totalled, and damage to the Expedition was estimated at $10,000.

Speed and an overloaded trailer were blamed for the accident, the WSP said. Mokan was cited for negligent driving in the second degree.