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Part Of I-5 Closed By Train Derailment To Reopen Wednesday Evening

Tom Banse
Northwest News Network
Two lanes of SB I-5 in DuPont will reopen at about 5 p.m. Wednesday

The Washington State Department of Transportation just announced that two through lanes of Interstate 5 will reopen around 5 p.m. Wednesday at the scene of Monday’s deadly train derailment south of Tacoma.

The southbound freeway has been closed for two-and-a-half days.??

The massing of trucks, cranes and emergency equipment at the crash scene has thinned dramatically now that all the train debris is gone.

The remaining tasks include clearing dirt and debris pushed onto the road, fixing gouges in the concrete and replacing guardrails.

"The most difficult part of this whole process is over," WSDOT spokeswoman Claudia Bingham Baker said. "That's the good news for motorists. For us now, it is very similar to other scenes where we have cleanups after an incident on the freeway." ??

WSDOT hopes to have all lanes open in time for tomorrow morning’s commute. 

Now semi-retired, Tom Banse covered national news, business, science, public policy, Olympic sports and human interest stories from across the Northwest. He reported from well known and out–of–the–way places in the region where important, amusing, touching, or outrageous events unfolded. Tom's stories can be found online and were heard on-air during "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" on NPR stations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.