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Originally published Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 7:43 AM

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Crash closes southbound I-5 lanes in Seattle

Traffic on southbound Interstate 5 into Seattle backed up five miles or more for the Wednesday morning commute because a truck accident on the freeway downtown.

The Associated Press

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SEATTLE —

Traffic on southbound Interstate 5 into Seattle backed up five miles or more for the Wednesday morning commute because a truck accident on the freeway downtown.

The Washington State Patrol says a semi with two trailers jackknifed on wet pavement about 4:30 a.m. One trailer crushed the cab against a guard rail while the other trailer tipped.

The driver was shaken but unhurt. The truck caught fire and was extinguished by firefighters using foam.

The crash blocked the freeway between the state Convention Center and I-90. Traffic detoured through downtown streets as the I-5 express lanes and alternate routes backed up.

Crews worked to clear the wreckage, but the Transportation Department said it could be late morning before all lanes reopened.

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