BLAINE - A 42-year-old Mount Vernon man suffered minor injuries after losing control of the FedEx semi-truck he was driving Monday, July 12, on Interstate 5 near Peace Portal Drive.
Edward Sutherland was driving a 2005 Freightliner truck with a 40-foot trailer southbound shortly after 11 a.m. from Blaine to Burlington, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Keith Leary. As he neared the exit, Sutherland began choking on some spicy pork rinds he had bought at a store, Leary said.
The choking caused Sutherland to lose control of the truck, which veered from the southbound lanes of the freeway and crossed the median into the northbound lanes. The truck jackknifed and came to a stop in a muddy ditch, Leary said. It didn't hit any other vehicles.
One northbound lane was closed for about an hour and a half, and all of the lanes were closed intermittently for about a half hour for the tow truck, Leary said.
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Sutherland suffered a sore foot and back but did not require hospitalization. He will be charged with driving with wheels off the roadway, Leary said.