PORTLAND -- A semitrailer blocked two lanes on Interstate 5 for more than three hours after a crash Monday, and 300 gallons of sewer waste spilled onto the roadway, police said.
Just after noon an SUV and a sewer truck were slowing down for heavy traffic in the northbound lanes near the junction with Interstate 205. An approaching tractor-trailer crashed into the sewer truck, which crashed into the SUV, said Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings.
After the crash the semitrailer came to rest in the median and the left and center traffic lanes.
"The impact caused approximately 300 gallons of sewer waste to spill onto the roadway. ODOT coordinated scene response and cleanup of the sewer waste," Hastings said.
The drivers of the SUV and sewer truck reported possible minor injuries, but were not hospitalized. The semi driver was not injured. He was cited for following too close.
All travel lanes were reopened by about 4:30 p.m.