SEATTLE -- After a two-car collision shut down traffic on southbound Highway 99 for more than five hours, Seattle transportation officials reopened the major roadway just after 7 p.m.
The collision happened around 1:44 p.m. on East Marginal Way South and South Nevada Street, just south of Spokane Street. The accident prompted officials to detour traffic off the highway onto Atlantic Street in SoDo. The southbound direction of the Battery Street Tunnel was also closed and traffic was being diverted onto Denny Way.
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The traffic detours created traffic gridlock in and around downtown Seattle and resulted in a nightmare of an evening commute.
One driver told KING 5 it took an hour and 20 minutes to get from the Aurora Bridge to Denny Avenue.
Seattle Fire Department Spokesman Kyle Moore said three people were taken to Harborview Medical Center with injuries. A man in his 30s, who had to be extricated from a car, suffered critical injuries. Two men in their 60s in a pickup truck were in serious but stable condition.