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Northbound I-5 express lanes reopen after deadly crash near SR 520

Drivers can access the express lanes from mainline Interstate 5 south of downtown Seattle or the Mercer Street entrance. All other entrances will remain closed.

SEATTLE — A deadly crash caused serious delays for drivers headed north through Seattle Friday afternoon. 

The northbound Interstate 5 express lanes reopened around 5 p.m., more than an hour after the Washington State Department of Transportation closed entrances.

Emergency crews responded to the fatal crash near State Route 520 around 2:30 p.m. The Seattle Fire Department had to extricate people from a vehicle after it was reported they were trapped.

A woman in her 40s was pronounced dead at the scene and a man, also in his 40s, was transported in stable condition to Harborview Medical Center, according to the Seattle Fire Department. 

Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson originally tweeted that it was a "serious injury crash."

The crash occurred when the causing vehicle changed lanes to move away from a disabled vehicle on the right shoulder, according to a state patrol traffic report. As the vehicle changed lanes, another vehicle slowed for traffic, coming to a stop. The causing vehicle hit the other, causing it to spin and hitting a concrete barrier. 

Drivers can access the express lanes from the I-5 mainline south of downtown and at the Mercer Street entrance. All other entrances will remain closed due a planned express lane construction closure Friday night.


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