Crews respond to more than 700 incidents

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

We have some pretty interesting stats from the first week of the Olympics. We purposely increased our incident response crews on the road to help keep traffic moving during the games and, surprisingly, we've responded to more than 700 incidents. We have helped clear disabled and abandoned vehicles, collisions and debris along our highways between Sea-Tac and Canada.

The stats:


Abandoned Vehicles
Debris
Disabled Vehicles
Fatality Collision
Injury Collision
Non-injury Collision
Other
Police Activity

Total

Feb. 9-18, 2010
119
73
399
0
12
54
63
0

720
Feb. 10-19, 2009
59
9
196
2
8
41
24
1

370




Just yesterday, crews in Whatcom County responded quickly to a crash where a camping trailer had flipped and was blocking all southbound lanes of I-5 just south of Bellingham.

Overturned trailer blocking I-5 lanes

A quick-thinking crew member, Fred Price, hooked a chain to the trailer and used his rig to turn the trailer in such a way so that drivers could get by using the shoulder. Our incident response crews then worked with the tow trucks to upright the trailer and get it out of the way of drivers. Traffic backed up several miles, but it could have been much worse had our incident response crews not been near by.

Trailer flipped upright and being towed away

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