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February 14, 2012 at 11:45 AM

UPDATE: Southbound I-5 in Seattle blocked after truck crash

An unidentified man looks on at an overturned truck on the Ravenna on-ramp of Interstate 5. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

This car was involved in a serious collision on I-5 Tuesday. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

UPDATE AT 3:16 P.M.: All lanes are now open on southbound Interstate 5 and on the northbound I-5 express lanes at Northeast Ravenna Boulevard. The ramp from Northeast Ravenna Boulevard to southbound I-5 is still closed due to the earlier collision.

UPDATE AT 3:07 P.M.: All lanes of southbound Interstate 5 and the northbound I-5 express lanes at Northeast Ravenna Boulevard are closed for the removal of the semi-truck that was involved in this morning’s crash.

UPDATE AT 1:53 P.M.: The I-5 express lanes will reopen to northbound traffic by 2:30 p.m., according to the DOT. Earlier, the lanes were kept open to southbound traffic because of the collision.

UPDATE AT 1:11 P.M.: All four lanes of southbound I-5 at Northeast Ravenna Boulevard have reopened. The Northeast Ravenna Boulevard on-ramp is expected to be closed for some time, although a commercial tow truck has arrived at the scene, the State Patrol reports. Also, three people suffered minor injuries in the crash, the State Patrol says.

UPDATE AT 12:12 P.M.: The DOT reports three of four southbound lanes have reopened. The Northeast Ravenna Boulevard on-ramp remains closed and will remain so for some time.

ORIGINAL POST: All lanes of southbound Interstate 5 are closed near Northeast Ravenna Boulevard after a semi-truck and car collided around 11 a.m., according to the State Patrol.

After the collision, the semi-truck rolled over a barrier and crashed onto the Northeast Ravenna Boulevard on-ramp, said Julie Startup, a State Patrol trooper. The passenger car veered in the opposite direction, hitting a barrier.

The occupants of the car are being taken to the hospital, Startup said. The truck driver was up and walking around, she said.

The semi-truck was reportedly transporting eggs.

Startup said the southbound lanes should re-open shortly.

In the meantime, the state Department of Transportation (DOT) has opened the I-5 express lanes to all southbound traffic with the exception of vehicles hauling flammable cargo.

Drivers are urged to take alternate routes, according to the DOT.

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