Several minor crashes and stalls — and in some cases no obvious reasons at all — slowed the morning commute throughout the Puget Sound region, where roads were wet from heavy overnight rain.
The state transportation department reported commutes double and sometimes triple — or more — the normal time Tuesday morning. A crash on southbound Interstate 5 at Northeast 145th Street blocked two lanes, and another caused a two-mile backup on Interstate 405 in Renton. Several other crashes slowed traffic on highway on-ramps both on Interstates 5 and 90, and on Highway 522.
Highway 99 in Federal Way also was closed in both directions near 288th for several hours because of a strip mall that caught fire.
In the Sumner area, a fallen tree brought down power lines.