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October 25, 2013 at 7:41 AM

Speeding, following too closely blamed by WSP for pileup on I-5

The 10-vehicle crash on northbound I-5 Friday morning caused a backup of nearly 15 miles. Several people were injured, ranging from one critically to some minor injuries for others. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

The 10-vehicle crash on northbound I-5 Friday morning caused a backup of nearly 15 miles. A number of people were injured, ranging from one critically injured to some minor injuries for others.  (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

UPDATE 5:12 pa.m. | The man critically injured in the pile-up is still in critical condition in intensive care at Harborview Medical Center, according to hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg.

UPDATE 10:30 a.m. | The Washington State Patrol says that driving too closely and speeding is to blame for a multi-car pile up on Interstate 5 near Boeing Field this morning.

Trooper George Englebright said a motorist traveling in the carpool lane rear-ended a vehicle, which triggered other collisions in the carpool lane and in nearby lanes. The State Patrol is looking at citing the driver  who caused the initial carpool lane crash with speeding and following too closely.

UPDATE 8:45 a.m. | The Seattle Fire Department said they evaluated 30 people after a multivehicle crash on Interstate 5 near Boeing Field this morning. Five people were hospitalized, one with critical injuries.

ORIGINAL POST:

A 10-vehicle  collision in the northbound lanes of Interstate  5 near Boeing Field in Seattle this morning left 15 people injured and backed up traffic nearly 15 miles.

Between about 6:45 a.m. and 8 a.m., all lanes of I-5 north were shut down while authorities investigated and treated the injured. In the end, Seattle firefighters evaluated some 30 people.

A 25-year-old  passenger in a car that went off the roadway was critically hurt. After the man was pulled from the car that was found in blackberry bushes, he was taken to Harborview Medical Center. He suffered a head injury, said Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore.

Moore said five people were seriously hurt; nine suffered minor injuries.

Details about the cause of the crashes have not been released by the State Patrol.

A King County Metro bus was being brought to the crash site to provide shelter for the injured. The Seattle Fire Department was also bringing its mass-casualty bus to the crash site in case a large group needs to be taken to the hospital, Moore said.

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