Semi loses axle, snarling traffic heading into Seattle

Semi loses axle, snarling traffic heading into Seattle
SEATTLE -- Drivers heading into Seattle on State Route 509 faced an extra long commute Thursday morning because of a broken-down semi truck.

Officials said the semi lost an axle from its trailer and jackknifed in the northbound lanes of East Marginal Way just before 6 a.m.

No one was injured, but the trailer split open, leaving the truck blocking two of the three northbound lanes just north of the First Avenue South Bridge.

By 8 a.m., northbound traffic on SR-509 was backed up for more than three miles, and roads around the First Avenue South Bridge were also snarled.

Crews were unloading the broken trailer's load by hand, and officials said East Marginal Way would remain partially blocked until about noon.