Semi hauling frozen fish tips over, freezes up I-5 traffic

Semi hauling frozen fish tips over, freezes up I-5 traffic
A frame grab from an ODOT camera shows the backup near the crash Wednesday morning.

NEAR WILSONVILLE, Ore. - Commuters on Interstate 5 sitting in stopped traffic Wednesday morning near Tualatin might be forgiven for thinking the situation stank.

Considering the circumstances, it probably did.

Oregon State Police said that just before 5 a.m., a semi hauling 10 tons of frozen fish left the southbound lanes of I-5 near Wilsonville and when the driver, Milan Zeba, 53, dozed off and lost control trying to get the truck back on the roadway.

The big rig tipped over on the busy interstate just south of the junction with Interstate 205, spilling fish and blocking all four lanes of traffic.

Police said Zeba was not injured but a passenger was taken away in an ambulance with a minor injury. Zeba was driving the truck for Blue Land Transportation out of British Columbia, Canada.

Crews worked to move the truck and clean up the mess but two hours after the crash, only one lane of traffic was slowly trickling by the crash scene. The backup stretched for miles.

By 9 a.m., the one lane was still the only way past the crash on I-5.

Zeba was cited for failure to maintain a lane of travel.