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Labor Day starts with big Seattle crashes that close major highways

SEATTLE — Those who headed out early on Monday to beat Labor Day traffic faced the closure of two major highways due to crashes in Seattle.

Both of the highways have since reopened.

A three-vehicle crash involving two cars and a semi-truck on southbound Interstate 5 in downtown Seattle just south of Mercer Street closed all southbound lanes starting at 5:30 a.m. Traffic was diverted off at Mercer Street.

Because of the crash, WSDOT switched the express lanes to southbound early at 7 a.m.

All lanes reopened at about 9:54 a.m.

Earlier Monday, a two-car crash closed all northbound lanes of Aurora Avenue North just north of the SR 99 tunnel at around 2 a.m. A man was taken into custody.

All lanes reopened at around 7:20 a.m.