I-5 reopens after tanker crash snarls traffic in Seattle

SEATTLE — An overturned tanker carrying propane shut down all lanes of Interstate 5 in the heart of Seattle for more than eight hours on Monday, making for nightmare traffic in the city.

The crash involving a tanker and two other vehicles happened in the southbound lanes of the I-5 collector-distributor lanes to I-90 around 10 a.m.

Emergency officials decided the surrounding mainline lanes of I-5 and the nearby off-ramps needed to be closed for safety while the tanker and crash site is stabilized. Crews also noticed diesel fuel is leaking from the tanker.

Crews worked to load the propane to another truck. A crane from a town truck was then used to hoist the overturned tanker and get it upright.

The accident also prompted an evacuation of a homeless encampment under I-5, Seattle police said. Police were also extinguishing campfires as a precaution.

Three people involved in the accident were taken to Harborview Medical Center. Their injuries are not life-threatening, the Seattle Fire…

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