23-car crash snarls traffic on I-5 in Shoreline

23-car crash snarls traffic on I-5 in Shoreline

Credit: WSDOT

An accident on I-5 forced all southbound traffic off the freeway at NE 145th Street in Seattle, Friday afternoon, Feb. 12, 2010 (NOTE: The image is slightly distorted by a glitch in the camera signal).

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by KING5.com

KING5.com

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 12 at 3:12 PM

SHORELINE, Wash. -- It was a rough day on I-5 for some drivers after a massive chain-reaction crash resulted in 23 wrecked cars in the southbound lanes in Shoreline.

Amazingly, only one person suffered a minor injury in the accident.

The accident happened during the noon hour by the NE 145th Street onramp in Shoreline.  The accident blocked all southbound lanes of I-5 and traffic was diverted onto NE 145th Street for about an hour. Traffic was backed up for at least four miles to State Route 104. Three lanes of SB I-5 have since re-opened.

A Washington State Patrol trooper said rain, sunshine, and cars following the vehicle in front of them too closely likely caused the crash. He said he expects many citations to be issued.

 

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