Bus fire on I-5 creates 10 mile backup

Bus fire on I-5 creates 10 mile backup

Credit: KING

A Sound Transit bus caught fire in the Interstate 5 express lanes in Seattle, Jan. 11, 2013.

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 8:48 AM

A Sound Transit bus caught fire in the Interstate 5 express lanes in north Seattle Friday, creating a backup of at least 10 miles southbound and another backup northbound.

It happened around 7 a.m. at N. 85th Street. The express lanes were in the southbound direction at the time. All express lanes and some main line lanes in both directions were blocked. The offramp from northbound I-5 to N. 85th Street was also blocked because of fire trucks.

The Washington State Department of Transportation suggested drivers take I-405 or State Route 99 to SR 522 to reach Seattle, or to wait until later to drive in.

WSDOT said all passengers got off the bus safely.

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