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 SR522 to reach Seattle, or to wait until later to drive in.

WSDOT said all passengers got off the bus safely.

Download the Seattle Traffic App

Read or Share this story: