UPDATE, 9:15 a.m. | The accidents have cleared, according to the WSDOT.
UPDATE, 7:20 a.m. | The northbound I-5 backup near Martin Luther King, Jr. Way is about five miles as the two right lanes remain blocked from the earlier collision, according to a WSDOT tweet.
UPDATE, 7:37 a.m. | All lanes of northbound I-5 except the HOV lane are open at Federal Way, according to a WSDOT tweet.
ORIGINAL POST | Two accidents on northbound I-5 are snarling traffic between Federal Way and Seattle Thursday morning.
The first crash involved five cars, near the Federal Way weigh station, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Chris Webb.
Initially all lanes of I-5 were blocked, but two lanes are now open at 7:15 a.m., a DOT tweet says. The back up is reported to be up to six miles and authorities suggest taking alternate routes — Highway 99 or Highway 512.
Then, shortly before 7:30, three cars collided near the Martin Luther King, Jr. Way exit, Webb said. That accident is blocking the middle three lanes. The right lane and the HOV lane are open, but the Washington State Department of Transportation advised in a tweet: “Really, stay off I-5 if you can.”