- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) - A broken expansion joint on Interstate 405 near Factoria slowed traffic and caused a number of flat tires during rush hour.

KOMO-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1SUryzL ) that Washington State Department of Transportation officials say drivers who experienced flat tires because of the joint on Thursday morning can file claims with the state.

Crews made a temporary repair to the broken joint Thursday morning after the burst tires were reported and officials say they will make a permanent repair in the next week or so.

WSDOT spokesman Travis Phelps says the trouble came from a 2 inch expansion joint that failed and popped up. He says the cause was metal fatigue, like when a paperclip is bend too many times.

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Information from: KOMO-TV, https://www.komotv.com/

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