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Quick lane change causes log truck to roll over; 4 vehicles hit by logs, troopers say

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A tractor-trailer hauling logs rolled over Monday and scattered logs across northbound Interstate 5 in Lewis County, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Troopers say four vehicles were hit by logs. Two people were injured: the 49-year-old McCleary man driving the log truck, and a 33-year-old Tacoma woman in a separate vehicle. Both were taken to Providence Centralia Hospital.

About 2:45 p.m. Monday, troopers say the tractor-trailer was headed south on I-5 near Centralia when it failed to slow for traffic and made a quick lane change. The truck rolled over as a result and scattered its load over the freeway median into the northbound lanes.

The logs struck another tractor-trailer, a Toyota Camry, a Mazda 3 and a Mitsubishi pickup truck.

A 67-year-old Lacey man in the Toyota Camry was not injured, according to the State Patrol.

Rolf has worked at The Olympian since August 2005. He covers breaking news, the city of Lacey and business for the paper. Rolf graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1990.
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