Overturned truck blocks SR 20 at U.S. 101 for 3+ hours

Posted 8/14/19

Westbound state Route 20 to northbound U.S. 101 in Discovery Bay was blocked for almost four hours starting at 7:21 p.m. on Aug. 12 due to an overturned semi-truck and trailer.

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Overturned truck blocks SR 20 at U.S. 101 for 3+ hours

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Westbound state Route 20 to northbound U.S. 101 in Discovery Bay was blocked for almost four hours starting at 7:21 p.m. on Aug. 12 due to an overturned semi-truck and trailer.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Chelsea Hodgson noted there are no injuries reported, and that WSP troopers and fire crews were on scene as of 8:12 p.m., with a tow on the way.

Westbound state Route 20 to southbound U.S. 101 remained open, as did access to eastbound state Route 20.

Hodgson added the semi, trailer and its load, “three large reams of paper,” had a combined weight of 70,000 pounds.

As of 9:36 p.m. on Aug. 12, tow operators were on the scene, working to upright the semi and trailer, but by 11 p.m., it was still on its side.

The semi and its trailer overturned 10 miles east of Port Townsend, while being driven by 54-year-old Nathaniel William Smith of Fontana, California, and no drugs or alcohol were involved.

Fortunately for Smith, he was wearing his seatbelt as he drove his 2020 International semi-tractor with a box trailer.

The truck was traveling westbound on state Route 20, approaching U.S. 101, when the driver failed to brake in time for the intersection.

The tractor and trailer tipped to the right, blocking state Route 20 at U.S. 101. It was towed by All-City Towing after air-buoys and a tow crane righted it..

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