Serious incidents on I-5 delays evening Seattle commute
Jun 3, 2022, 3:41 PM | Updated: 5:37 pm
(KIRO 7 News)
The I-5 Express Lanes in Seattle have reopened.
The I-5 Express Lanes in Seattle have reopened. You can access them from the I-5 mainline and from the Mercer Street entrance. The other entrances will remain closed until tonight's scheduled EL closure for construction. #Seattle #Washington #Traffic #Commute
— KIRO Newsdesk (@KIRONewsdesk) June 4, 2022
Incidents blocking multiple lanes of traffic in both directions of Interstate 5 near Seattle could delay the Friday evening commute, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
The first incident occurred on I-5 southbound near the Spokane Street bridge.
According to trooper Rick Johnson, at around 12:40 p.m. a person jumped off the overpass onto the roadway, and was struck by a driver who then left the scene.
#WitnessesNeeded Just after 12:40PM this afternoon an individual jumped off the Spokane St. overpass onto SB I-5. A vehicle subsequently struck the individual and continued south. Please call @wastatepatrol if you have any info on this vehicle.
— Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) June 3, 2022
At around 2:30 p.m., crews cleared the scene and reopened the southbound lanes; however, the backup extends in north Seattle.
The second incident occurred on I-5 northbound on the express lanes near Mercer Street.
A serious injury collision has now blocked all lanes.
#Seattle I-5 Express Lanes update: all express lanes entrances are now closed. https://t.co/xNoGWq2IXx
— WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic) June 3, 2022
The Seattle Fire Department responded to the scene, with reports of an individual trapped inside a vehicle.
Crews are responding to a collision on northbound I-5 express lanes to Roanoke. Reports of one patient trapped in vehicle. Use alternate routes if possible.
— Seattle Fire Dept. (@SeattleFire) June 3, 2022