Northbound Interstate 5 near Maytown Road in Thurston County was closed Thursday morning after collisions involving multiple vehicles.
The closure was reported about 5:30 a.m. at milepost 95 and a mileslong backup followed. One lane of traffic was reopened shortly after the closure, but the freeway wasn’t completely re-opened to traffic until 10 a.m., according to Trooper Todd Bartolac.
The crashes were caused by ice and snow on the road.
“It was just really slick black ice conditions,” Bartolac said. “When you’re traveling at highway speed in that stuff, it’s just really treacherous.”
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West Thurston Fire crews had responded to a two-vehicle rollover. A fire captain had been talking with occupants of the two vehicles involved in the rollover when a pickup truck rear-ended the fire department command vehicle after sliding on ice. The department’s vehicle was parked in the grass off the road’s shoulder.
The pickup truck driver was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital with nonlife-threatening head injuries. No other injuries were reported. Bartolac said the three drivers involved in the collisions were cited.
Drivers might find icy conditions again Friday and Saturday mornings. Temperatures are expected to dip into the high teens overnight, after thaws during the days.