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Potato truck flips, snarls Highway 395 traffic

Workers from the Washington Department of Transportation place traffic cones near an overturned semi-truck Wednesday afternoon in the southbound lanes of Highway  395 just south of the blue bridge. The Washington State Patrol said driver Aeryk Guzman of Kansas was not hurt when the truck with 40,000 pounds of potatoes flipped, slowing traffic for hours.
Workers from the Washington Department of Transportation place traffic cones near an overturned semi-truck Wednesday afternoon in the southbound lanes of Highway 395 just south of the blue bridge. The Washington State Patrol said driver Aeryk Guzman of Kansas was not hurt when the truck with 40,000 pounds of potatoes flipped, slowing traffic for hours. Tri-City Herald

One lane of Highway 395 is blocked after a semi flipped onto its side just south of the blue blue bridge.

The truck was carrying a 40,000 pounds of potatoes, Washington State Patrol Trooper Chris Thorson said. The driver was not hurt, but the truck leaked some fuel.

Investigators believe the driver, Aeryk Guzman, was going too fast as he approached the curve just south of the blue bridge.

Guzman told officers he wasn’t speeding but the load of spuds shifted, flipping the truck.

The southbound lane was blocked through the evening commute as authorities worked to right the truck and trailer.

Cameron Probert: 509-582-1402; Twitter @cameroncprobert
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