Express lanes in Seattle re-open after fatal accident cleared

May 5, 2023, 11:37 AM | Updated: 4:05 pm

All northbound express lanes are expected to be closed for several hours. (WSDOT)...

All northbound express lanes are expected to be closed for several hours. (WSDOT)


Updated 4:00 p.m. KIRO Newsradio traffic reporter Nate Conners reports the northbound I-5 express lanes have been re-opened.
Updated 1:30 p.m. KIRO Newsradio’s Micki Gamez says it’s going to be an especially tough commute this afternoon

Updated 1:25 p.m. Express lanes are likely to stay closed through afternoon commute.

Updated: 12:45 p.m. WSDOT is reporting another collision on I-5. This one is southbound at milepost 121.5 near JBLM Main Gate.  The right lane is blocked. KIRO Newsradio’s Micki Gamez reports back-ups are building in both directions.

Updated: 11:40 a.m. Washington State Patrol now reports this is a fatal collision and that all lanes will be closed for several hours.

#Update. This is a one semi collision and is sadly a fatal collision. Expect an extended closure. No details on cause at this point.

— Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) May 5, 2023

Updated: 11:32 a.m. WSDOT is reporting that all northbound express lanes of Interstate 5 out of downtown Seattle are closed due to a collision that has caused a small fuel spill.

The Department of Ecology is coming to the scene to assist with the fuel spill.

Update: This collision in the express lanes also involved a small fuel spill. The Department of Ecology is coming to assist at the scene. The opening of the express lanes for northbound travel likely delayed for several hours today. https://t.co/C3dx4mK2xK pic.twitter.com/1jFWjZJ3ti

— WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic) May 5, 2023

Updated 11:21 a.m. Northbound I-5 is closed for at least several hours this afternoon.

The express lanes are closed because of a collision that occurred just as we were about the close the lanes and shift directions. Fire and EMS are on scene. This could delay opening of northbound I-5 express lane travel. https://t.co/tb6tFHfa2p pic.twitter.com/1NaZKqAGem

— WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic) May 5, 2023

11:20 a.m.

There are reports of a semi-truck collision on I-5 near Mercer Street. The driver is trapped inside the vehicle.

Crews are responding to reports of a semi-truck collision with occupant trapped on Southbound I-5 Express Way near Mercer St Exit. Drivers, please slow down when you approach the scene.

— Seattle Fire Dept. (@SeattleFire) May 5, 2023

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Express lanes in Seattle re-open after fatal accident cleared