Among those caught in the morning traffic mess in Seattle was a pregnant woman, Danielle Campoamor of West Seattle, who took about an hour and a half to get from home to the University of Washington Medical Center.
“Bad Seattle traffic is one thing,” she tweeted. “Bad Seattle traffic with contractions? Insert expletive deleted here.”
Reached later by phone, Campoamor, 27, said that even though she wasn’t trying to go southbound on Interstate 5 – the direction that was largely blocked most of the morning by a failing expansion joint in the roadway – heavy traffic was everywhere, particularly getting onto northbound I-5 from the West Seattle Freeway.
She’s fine, she said, adding that she is in an early stage of contractions. Still the experience unnerved her. “I thought if this keeps up, I may need a police escort.”
Campoamor is a writer who moved to Seattle from Alaska about four years ago.