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Rollover crash causes miles-long backup on northbound I-5 near SR 516

A woman was seriously injured in a rollover crash on northbound I-5 in King County early Thursday morning.

KENT, Wash. — A serious crash closed multiple lanes of northbound Interstate 5 just south of State Route 516 in Kent Thursday morning. The rollover crash caused major backups and delays during the morning commute.

According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson, a box truck hit a disabled vehicle that was on the side of the road just before 5:30 a.m. The vehicle that was hit rolled over and came to a stop in a ditch. A woman inside the disabled vehicle became trapped and was seriously injured, Johnson said.

The two right lanes of northbound I-5 south of SR 516 were blocked for several hours. All lanes reopened to traffic around 9:50 a.m. The Washington State Department of Transportation said the crash caused at least a 6-mile backup in the area.

The woman inside the disabled vehicle was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries.

Credit: WSP Trooper Rick Johnson
A vehicle on the shoulder of northbound I-5 (L) was struck by a box truck (R) early Thursday morning.

Johnson said the driver of the box truck may have fallen asleep at the wheel. Impairment is not suspected at this time.