TUKWILLA, WA – An overturned box truck brought rush hour traffic on northbound I-5 south of I-405 to a standstill this morning, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
It’s a slow drive from Federal Way to Southcenter. A crash is blocking three left lanes of NB I-5 south of I-405 in Southcenter and causing a 5-mile backup. pic.twitter.com/nDUY9674J3
— WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic) February 18, 2021
The incident happened sometime before 6 a.m., and closed three left-hand lanes entirely. Footage from a nearby traffic camera shows vehicles proceeding at a stop-and-go pace as emergency responders attempt to clear the area. Every lane except the HOV lane was reopened by 7:36 a.m., but traffic had become so backed up that it continued to move at a crawl.
We are not sure whether anyone was injured in the initial crash. We will update this blog if we learn more.
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