Mayor: Seattle working with state after massive traffic jam

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by ALISON MORROW / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 11 at 6:41 PM

SEATTLE -- A two-vehicle accident Tuesday shut down Highway 99 southbound for five and half hours.

There were no fatalities, but Seattle police considered it a crime scene investigation due to the severity of injuries.

"It was just bumper to bumper non-stop. Nobody could move," Tony Romero said. "It was not moving. I waited for about a half hour."

Romero owns a barber shop in Queen Anne called “Scissors Palace." Traffic backed up from 99 all the way past his front door.

SDOT believes the congestion caused by the Battery Street tunnel closure led to people taking side streets, which then caused more accidents. In addition, crowds were headed to the Mariners vs. Yankees game during the beginning of the afternoon commute.

"It's part of living in any city," Mayor Ed Murray said. "We as a city can do this better. We are exploring basically how to develop, let me call it a 'high tech war room,' how we can manage it in real time."

Murray told reporters Wednesday the city will also work with the state to resolve traffic issues, including the use of mobile accident units.
 

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