LYNNWOOD — One person died in a three-car collision along I-5 near Lynnwood on Friday afternoon; the wreck caused a backup that turned the commute into a nightmare.
The collision happened at 3:17 p.m. near the exit for 164th Street SW.
Four other people were taken to of the hospital for medical treatment, said Trooper Heather Axtman with the Washington State Patrol. One was reported in critical condition.
Two of the northbound lanes closed while the Patrol investigated the cause of the collision. Traffic backed up for miles and many side streets in south Snohomish County were jammed by people seeking alternate routes.
The Silvertips game in Everett was delayed because the Portland Winterhawks were stuck in the traffic.
Meanwhile, a series of collisions due to snow and ice also closed a stretch of U.S. 2 in both directions east of Gold Bar, Axtman said. The closure began at milepost 31 and may extend to milepost 41, she said.
No one was hurt.
U.S. 2 was not expected to re-open until the state Department of Transportation can sand the roadway and clear the cars.