LYNNWOOD, Wash. — All lanes of southbound Interstate 5 in Lynnwood are now open after a Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Incident Response Team (IRT) truck was hit by another vehicle Friday morning.
The WSDOT truck was responding to an earlier crash near 164th Street when it was struck from behind by another vehicle.
Washington State Patrol Trooper Rocky Oliphant said the IRT vehicle was blocking the HOV lane to protect an earlier collision when it was hit around 7:10 a.m.
Oliphant said both drivers were taken to the hospital with “injuries not believed to be serious at this time.”
Oliphant shared a photo of a traffic cone wedged between the IRT truck and the other vehicle urging drivers to slow down and pay attention.
“Help us help you. Please. Near work zones, slow down, move over when possible, be alert. Please do your part to keep everyone safe out there,” WSDOT tweeted about the crash.
Oliphant also reminded drivers about Washington’s distracted driving law and not to be on their phones while behind the wheel. He said at least two drivers who were on their phones were pulled over while passing the collision area Friday morning.
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