All lanes on SB I-5 reopen after fatal collision near King/Pierce Co. line
All lanes of southbound I-5 just south of the King County line have been reopened, after a fatal collision that occurred around 2:30 a.m.
There is a large backup in the area. Traffic was initially getting by in the HOV lane before lanes were cleared.
Two passenger vehicles were involved in the incident.
The driver police say caused the crash was a woman arrested on suspicion of DUI, making this a vehicular homicide case. That driver was not injured, but the woman’s passenger died on scene. The driver of the other vehicle suffered only minor injuries.
The Washington State Patrol incident response team said southbound traffic will continue to be impacted throughout their investigation. KIRO 7 TV’s Patranya Bhoolsuwan reports that all lanes “should be open shortly,” but that backups will likely remain.
WSDOT is advising drivers to avoid the area altogether, or delay trips.
KIRO 7 TV staff contributed to this report