Multivehicle crash closes I-5 lanes for hours

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SEATTLE - A four-vehicle crash shoved a car under a semitruck and shut down three northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near downtown Seattle for hours.


The collision, which involved three cars and a semitruck, happened in the northbound lanes of I-5 near the Interstate 90 interchange around 11 p.m. and wasn’t cleared for more than five hours.


Police said a 31-year-old man driving a Mitsubishi, who caused the crash, hit a Toyota with four people inside.  The Toyota spun out and lost a wheel.  The Mitsubishi ended up jammed under a semitruck.


A Subaru was also hit in the crash, and troopers said the 28-year-old driver of that car was drunk.  She was arrested for investigation of DUI.


Three people were initially believed to be in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center, but hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said the patients were in much better condition than originally thought.


In all, five victims were hurt.  All are expected to be OK.


The crash blocked three lanes of traffic, creating a major backup into the early morning hours.