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Semi with brakes tied together with plastic grocery bag crashes on interstate

The State Patrol believes faulty brakes may have caused a semi truck to crash on the State Route 16 interchange with northbound Interstate 5 in Tacoma, Wash. Tuesday night. (Photo: Washington State Patrol)

TACOMA, Wash. - The State Patrol believes faulty brakes and speeding caused a semi truck to crash on the State Route 16 interchange with northbound Interstate 5 in Tacoma Tuesday night.

Troopers said the truck was headed eastbound on State Route 16 around 10:00 p.m. when it rolled on the ramp to northbound I-5.

The State Patrol photo tweeted a photo from the scene which showed the truck's brake lines tied together with a plastic grocery bag.

Investigators said it appears the driver was going too fast and knew he had defective brakes. He was also hauling a load of large paper rolls, which were not properly secured.

At one point both lanes of the on ramp to I-5 were blocked. One lane was reopened to traffic about 30 minutes later as crews worked to clear the scene.

The driver was not injured and no other vehicles were involved in the crash. The driver was issued a citation for now.

The State Patrol said the truck will be inspected by it's Commercial Vehicle Division on Wednesday. Troopers said the driver will likely face more citations after their investigation.

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