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All lanes reopen on NB I-5 in Seattle after a charter bus fire

Jan 25, 2019, 2:30 PM | Updated: 5:52 pm

All lanes have reopened on I-5 near South Spokane Street in Seattle after a charter bus fire in the early afternoon.

The fire blocked all lanes of northbound I-5 near South Spokane Street in Seattle starting around 2:45 p.m., with the backup extending four miles at its peak.Washington State Patrol said it appeared as though it started from a brake fire.

The bus was carrying the Stanford University track and field team, in town for a meet this weekend.Seattle Fire reported all 31 occupants of the bus have been accounted for. There were no reports of injuries.

The scene was almost entirely cleared by 5:30 p.m., with the city citing emergency drills for the new SR 99 tunnel as a driving factor in response time and preparation. Over 1,000 feet of hose was used to douse the fire.

Around 5:30 p.m., a sweeper truck was at the scene clearing the last of the debris, shortly before all lanes were reopened.

Seattle DOT says a bridge maintenance crew inspected the freeway’s infrastructure in the wake of the fire.

 

 

 

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